Birth-Mark Unsettling the Wilderness in American Literary History

ISBN-10: 0819562637
ISBN-13: 9780819562630
Edition: 1993
Authors: Susan Howe
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Description: Susan Howe approaches early American literature as pet and critic, blending scholarship with passionate commitment and unique view of her subject. The Birth-mark traces the collusive relationships among tradition, the constitution of critical  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 4/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Susan Howe approaches early American literature as pet and critic, blending scholarship with passionate commitment and unique view of her subject. The Birth-mark traces the collusive relationships among tradition, the constitution of critical editions, literary history and criticism, the institutionalized roles of poetry and prose, and the status of gender. Through an examination of the texts and editorial histories of Thomas Shepard's conversion narratives, the captivity narrative of Mary Rowlandson, and the poetry of Emily Dickinson, Howe reads our intellectual inheritance as a series of civil wars, where each text is a wilderness in which a strange and lawless author confronts interpreters and editors eager for settlement. In a concluding interview, Howe comments on her approach and recounts some the crucial biographical events that sparked her interest in early American literature.

Acclaimed poet Susan Howe, winner of the last Bollingen Prize, is the author of the seminal work, My Emily Dickinson.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Submarginalia
Incloser
Quasi-marginalia
The Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson
These Flames and Generosities of the Hearts: Emily Dickinson and the Illogic of Sumptuary Values
Talisman Interview, with Edward Foster
Index

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