The first collection of critical essays on May Swenson and her literary universe, Body My House initiates an academic conversation about an unquestionably major poet of the middle and late twentienth century. Between the 1950s and the 1980s, May Swenson produced eleven volumes of poetry, received many major awards, was elected chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and was acclaimed by writers in virtually every school of American poetry.
Essays here address the breadth of Swenson's literary corpus and offer varied scholarly approaches to it. They reference Swenson manuscripts---poems, letters, diaries, and other prose---some of which have not been widely available before. Chapters focus on Swenson's work as a nature writer; the literary and social contexts of her writing; her national and international acclaim; her work as a translator; associations with other poets and writers (Bishop, Moore, and others); her creative process; and her profound explorations of gender and sexuality. The first full volume of scholarship on May Swenson, Body My House suggest an ambitious agenda for further work.
Contributors include Mark Doty, Gudrun Grabher, Cynthia Hogue, Suzann Juhasz, R.R. Knudson, Alicia Ostriker, Martha Nell Smith, Michael Spooner, Paul Swenson, and Kirstin Hotelling Zona.
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About the Author
Paul Crumbley is associate professor of English and American studies at Utah State University and author of Inflections of the Pen: Dash and Voice in Emily Dickinson and co-editor of The Search for a Common Language: Environmental Writing and Education. He has alos published essays on Emily Dickinson and Elizabeth Stoddard.
Patricia M. Gantt is professor of English at Utah State University. She has published numerous essays of literary analysis, as well as essays on teaching methods and English education. Her books include two collections co-edited with Lynn Langer Meeks, Teaching Ideas for 7-12 English Language Arts: What Really Works and Teaching Ideas for University English: What Really Works.
Table of ContentsContents For May Swenson Kenneth W. Brewer Introduction Patricia M. Gantt May Swenson Chronology Paul Crumbley and Patricia M. Gantt The Love Poems and Letters of May Swenson R. R. Knudson A Figure in the Tapestry: The Poet's Feeling Runs Ahead of Her Imagination (Greenwich Village, 1949-50) Paul Swenson May Swenson: Whitman's Daughter Alicia Ostriker May Swenson and Elizabeth Bishop Kirstin Hotelling Zona De-Cartesianizing the Universe: May Swenson's Design of Wor(l)ds Gudrun M. Grabher That Never Told CAN Be: May Swenson's Manuscript Witnesses Martha Nell Smith Material Girl: May Swenson's Logopoetic Materialism Cynthia Hogue May Swenson and Other Animals: Her Poetics of Natural Selection Paul Crumbley How Everything Happens: Notes on May Swenson's Theory of Writing Michael Spooner The Queer Poetics of May Swenson Suzanne Juhasz "Question" and More Questions: Two Shells for May Swenson Mark Doty Bibliography of the Works of May Swenson Compiled by Alice Geffen Introduced by Carole Berglie Works Cited and Consulted Notes on Contributors Index