Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath

by Elisabeth Bronfen

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Overview

In this new edition of her engaging and original study Elisabeth Bronfen examines Sylvia Plath's poetry, her novel The Bell Jar, her shorter fiction as well as her autobiographical texts, in the context of the resilient Plath-Legend that has grown since her suicide in 1963 and to which, after over three decades of silence. Ted Hughes responded with his collection of commemorative poems, Birthday letters. Arguing that although we can not sever our reading of Plath's work from the critical and biographical writings about her, the study nevertheless offers close readings of texts to explore the various self-fashionings in poetry and prose. Which this highly ambivalent poet developed. The central theme to which this study returns is Plath's insistence on a clandestine traumatic knowledge of fallibility and fragility underlying the fiction of success, health and happiness so prevalent in post-World War Two, whether expressed as anger and violence, as the celebration of feminine figures of transcendence,

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780746311363
Publisher: Northcote House Publishers, Limited
Publication date: 05/15/2004
Series: Writers and Their Work Series
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.40(d)

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