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Emily Dickinson and Her Culture : The Soul's Society - Barton Levi St.Armand

Emily Dickinson and Her Culture

The Soul's Society

Paperback Published: 26th January 1987
ISBN: 9780521339780
Number Of Pages: 384

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The great American poet Emily Dickinson has long been seen as a figure isolated from her contemporaries and insulated from her surrounding culture. This book attempts to place her texts in their cultural contexts by exploring her attitude towards death, romance, the afterlife, God, nature and art. Using pertinent parallels, analogues, and glosses, it assesses her response to three levels of general culture: elite, popular, and folk. It attempts to find coherence in the entire canon of her poetry, and to reconstruct the lost sensibility that produced it. The author stresses Dickinson"s visual acuity and the pictorial elements of her art, taking issue with recent criticism, which has focused on that art"s supposed abstraction and "scenelessness." At its widest, the book is not only a cultural biography of Emily Dickinson as an American Victorian, but a biography of American Victorian culture itself, where Dickinson emerges as a "Representative Woman."

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Apologia: an art of assemblage
Keepsakes: Mary Warner's scrapbook
Dark parade: Dickinson, Sigourney, and the Victorian way of death
Kindred spirits: Dickinson, Stowe, and the wars of romance
Paradise deferred
Dickinson, Phelps, and the image of heaven
American grotesque: Dickinson, God, and folk forms
The earthly paradise: Dickinson, Ruskin, and Victorian aesthetics
The art of peace: Dickinson, sunsets, and the sublime
Appendices
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780521339780
ISBN-10: 0521339782
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 26th January 1987
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.56