Elizabeth Bishop's Poetics of Intimacy

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Elizabeth Bishop's Poetics of Intimacy, a biographical and critical study of one of the great poets of this century, offers a fresh look at Bishop's published and unpublished writing over the course of her career. Informed by pragmatic, post-modern, and feminist theories, Victoria Harrison's study also makes extensive use of Bishop's archives, many pieces of which have never been discussed, to reveal the process of the poet's writing. Harrison explores Bishop's childhood memoirs, journals, letters, Brazilian ...
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Overview

Elizabeth Bishop's Poetics of Intimacy, a biographical and critical study of one of the great poets of this century, offers a fresh look at Bishop's published and unpublished writing over the course of her career. Informed by pragmatic, post-modern, and feminist theories, Victoria Harrison's study also makes extensive use of Bishop's archives, many pieces of which have never been discussed, to reveal the process of the poet's writing. Harrison explores Bishop's childhood memoirs, journals, letters, Brazilian travel prose, unfinished poems, and draft material, researching dates of undated material and reproducing Bishop's revisions, cancellations, and idiosyncratic spellings. Attentiveness to the detail of this archival writing gives Harrison a broad foundation for arguing that Bishop treats some of our largest concerns - family relationships, sexuality, war, and cultural differences - within poetry and prose that are intimate but not self-revelatory and daily but never ordinary. Elizabeth Bishop charges the moments of her writing with the desires, fears, and passions of her life.
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"Harrison makes exciting use of drafts of Bishop's poetry, unpublished journal entries, and letters....Harrison's work is strong throughout....[She] is also a fine reader of poems." Cristanne Miller, The New England Quarterly

"Harrison's painstaking attention to Bishop's published and unpublished writing, drafts, letters, notebooks, fragments, marginalia and archival materials, some heretofore unexamined, and her equally careful methodology have the personal poetics of a complex figure sho has come into her own." Jean H. Wilson, Studies in the Humanities

"Harrison is strong, alert, and sometimes downright revelatory when engaged with poems and stories (especially unpublished writings) that deal with Bishop's inner-conflicts about sexuality, anger, politics, and culture....[T]his challenging contribution to Bishop studies is strongly recommended for advanced undergraduates, graduates, and faculty." Choice

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on the Text
Introduction 1
1 Articulating a Personal Poetics 19
2 Writing Intimacy 42
3 Turning History Under 74
4 Gathering in a Childhood 107
5 Confronting Brazil 142
6 Closing Together 183
Notes 212
Bibliography 232
Index 243
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