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The Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Bishop
     

The Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Bishop

by Angus Cleghorn
 

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ISBN-10: 1107672546

ISBN-13: 9781107672543

Pub. Date: 03/31/2014

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Elizabeth Bishop is increasingly recognized as one of the twentieth century's most important and original poets. Initially celebrated for the minute detail of her descriptions, what John Ashbery memorably called her "thinginess," Bishop's reputation has risen dramatically since her death, in part due to the publication of new work, including letters, stories, and

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Elizabeth Bishop is increasingly recognized as one of the twentieth century's most important and original poets. Initially celebrated for the minute detail of her descriptions, what John Ashbery memorably called her "thinginess," Bishop's reputation has risen dramatically since her death, in part due to the publication of new work, including letters, stories, and visual art, as well as a controversial volume of uncollected poems, drafts, and fragments. This Companion engages with key debates surrounding the interpretation and reception of Bishop's published and unpublished writing in relation to questions of biography, the natural world, and politics. Individual chapters focus on well-known texts such as North & South, Questions of Travel, and Geography III, while offering fresh readings of the significance of Nova Scotia, Massachusetts, and Brazil to Bishop's life and work. With a chronology and guide to further reading, this volume explores the full range of Bishop's artistic achievements and the extent to which the posthumous publications have contributed to her enduring popularity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107672543
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2014
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Angus Cleghorn and Jonathan Ellis; Part I. Contexts and Issues: 1. Bishop and biography Thomas Travisano; 2. Bishop, history, and politics Steven Gould Axelrod; 3. Bishop: race, class, and gender Kirstin Hotelling Zona; 4. Bishop and the natural world Susan Rosenbaum; 5. Bishop and the poetic tradition Bonnie Costello; Part II. Major Works: 6. In the village: Bishop and Nova Scotia Sandra Barry; 7. Becoming a poet: from north to south Bethany Hicok; 8. Home, wherever that may be: poems and prose of Brazil Barbara Page; 9. Back to Boston: Geography III and other late poems Lloyd Schwartz; 10. Bishop's correspondence Siobhan Phillips; 11. Bishop and visual art Peggy Samuels; 12. Bishop's posthumous publications Lorrie Goldensohn; Bibliography and guide to further reading; Index.

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