Elizabeth Bishop and Marianne Moore: The Psychodynamics of Creativity [NOOK Book]

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This highly innovative work on poetic influence among women writers focuses on the relationship between modernist poet Elizabeth Bishop and her mentor Marianne Moore. Departing from Freudian models of influence theory that ignore the question of maternal presence, Joanne Diehl applies the psychoanalytic insights of object relations theorists Melanie Klein and Christopher Bollas to woman-to-woman literary transactions. She lays the groundwork for a far-reaching critical approach as she shows that Bishop, mourning ...

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Elizabeth Bishop and Marianne Moore: The Psychodynamics of Creativity

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Overview

This highly innovative work on poetic influence among women writers focuses on the relationship between modernist poet Elizabeth Bishop and her mentor Marianne Moore. Departing from Freudian models of influence theory that ignore the question of maternal presence, Joanne Diehl applies the psychoanalytic insights of object relations theorists Melanie Klein and Christopher Bollas to woman-to-woman literary transactions. She lays the groundwork for a far-reaching critical approach as she shows that Bishop, mourning her separation from her natural mother, strives to balance gratitude toward Moore, her literary mother, with a potentially disabling envy.

Diehl begins by exploring Bishop's memoir of Moore, "Efforts of Affection," as an attempt by Bishop to verify Moore's uniqueness in order to defend herself against her predecessor's almost overwhelming originality. She then offers an intertextual reading of the two writers' works that inquires into Bishop's ambivalence toward Moore. In an analysis of "Crusoe in England" and "In the Village," Diehl exposes the restorative impulses that fuel aesthetic creation and investigates how Bishop thematizes an understanding of literary production as a process of psychic compensation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400820863
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 4/5/1993
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Course Book
  • Pages: 140
  • Sales rank: 515,866
  • File size: 176 KB

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments


Introduction: The Muse's Monogram
3
Ch. 1
"Efforts of Affection": Toward a Theory of Female Poetic Influence
10
Ch. 2
Reading Bishop Reading Moore
49
Ch. 3
The Memory of Desire and the Landscape of Form: Reading Bishop through Object-Relations Theory
85

Conclusion: Object Relations, Influence, and the Woman Poet
106

Notes
111

Index
117
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