The Poetry Of Sylvia Plath

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Sylvia Plath's second volume of poetry, Ariel, published posthumously in 1965, shocked and provoked reviewers with its unexpected intensity and power, and the publication of her Collected Poems in 1981 confirmed her as a poet of stature and maturity.

Beginning with reviews of her initial collection, The Colossus, the reader is clearly guided through the profusion of critical material that has variously described Plath as feminine and feminist, personal and political, an American...

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Overview

Sylvia Plath's second volume of poetry, Ariel, published posthumously in 1965, shocked and provoked reviewers with its unexpected intensity and power, and the publication of her Collected Poems in 1981 confirmed her as a poet of stature and maturity.

Beginning with reviews of her initial collection, The Colossus, the reader is clearly guided through the profusion of critical material that has variously described Plath as feminine and feminist, personal and political, an American modernist and an English Romantic. The guide includes critical assessments from Robert Lowell, Sandra M. Gilbert, and Jacqueline Rose, among others.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780231124263
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Series: Columbia Critical Guides Series
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Claire Brennan teaches at the University of Dundee.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Chapter 1 1960s: Reviews of The Colossus and Ariel 14
Chapter 2 1970s: Unifying Strategies and Early Feminist Readings 33
Chapter 3 'Waist-Deep in History': Cultural and Historical Readings 64
Chapter 4 Feminist and Psychoanalytic Strategies 97
Chapter 5 New Directions 140
Notes 169
Bibliography 185
Suggested Further Reading 189
Acknowledgements 192
Index 193
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