The Cambridge Introduction to Emily Dickinson

The Cambridge Introduction to Emily Dickinson

by Wendy Martin
     
 

This introduction delves behind the myth of the reclusive Emily Dickinson to present a poet who was deeply engaged with the issues of her day. Wendy Martin explores how Dickinson's personal struggles with love, faith, friendship, and community shape her poetry. The publication history and reception of her work are teased out, and a guide to further reading is included… See more details below

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This introduction delves behind the myth of the reclusive Emily Dickinson to present a poet who was deeply engaged with the issues of her day. Wendy Martin explores how Dickinson's personal struggles with love, faith, friendship, and community shape her poetry. The publication history and reception of her work are teased out, and a guide to further reading is included. Dickinson emerges not only as one of America's finest poets, but also as a fiercely independent intellect and an original talent writing poetry far ahead of her time. This book covers: Life, Contexts, Works, Reception.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521672702
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Series:
Cambridge Introductions to Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.35(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     x
Life     1
The Dickinson family     1
A portrait of the poet as a young girl     5
Early ambitions, difficult changes     10
Preceptors     14
"Sister Sue"     15
A "Woman - white - to be"     18
Context     24
Religious culture: Puritanism, the Great Awakenings, and revivals     24
Industrialization and the individual     27
Political culture: expansion and the antebellum period     28
Social movements: Abolition and women's rights     30
Philosophical reactions: Transcendentalism     32
The Civil War     34
Works     40
Sweeping with many-colored brooms: the influence of the domestic     51
Blasphemous devotion: biblical allusion in the poems and letters     58
"Easy, quite, to love": friendship and love in Dickinson's life and works     70
"The Heaven - below": nature poems     86
"A Riddle, at the last": death and immortality     97
Reception     110
"The Auction Of the Mind": publication history     110
Editing the poems and letters     117
Earlyreception     121
New Criticism     123
Dickinson's legacy today     128
Notes     132
Guide to further reading     139
Index     144

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