Dickinson's Misery A Theory of Lyric Reading

ISBN-10: 0691119910

ISBN-13: 9780691119915

Edition: 2005

Authors: Virginia Walker Jackson

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How do we know that Emily Dickinson wrote poems? How do we recognize a poem when we see one? InDickinson's Misery, Virginia Jackson poses fundamental questions about reading habits we have come to take for granted. Because Dickinson's writing remained largely unpublished when she died in 1886, decisions about what it was that Dickinson wrote have been left to the editors, publishers, and critics who have brought Dickinson's work into public view. The familiar letters, notes on advertising fliers, verses on split-open envelopes, and collections of verses on personal stationery tied together with string have become the Dickinson poems celebrated since her death as exemplary lyrics. Jackson makes the larger argument that the century and a half spanning the circulation of Dickinson's work tells the story of a shift in the publication, consumption, and interpretation of lyric poetry. This shift took the form of what this book calls the "lyricization of poetry," a set of print and pedagogical practices that collapsed the variety of poetic genres into lyric as a synonym for poetry. Featuring many new illustrations from Dickinson's manuscripts, this book makes a major contribution to the study of Dickinson and of nineteenth-century American poetry. It maps out the future for new work in historical poetics and lyric theory.
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Book details

List price: $37.50
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 7/25/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Beforehand
Dickinson Undone
Bird-tracks
"When what they sung for ..."
Lyric Context
Hybrid Poems
Dickinson Unbound
The Archive
Lyric Reading
"My Cricket"
Lyric Alienation
Lyric Theory
Against (Lyric) Theory
Dickinson's Figure of Address
"The only poets"
Lyric Media
"The man who makes sheets of paper"
"You-there-I-here"
"The most pathetic thing I do"
"Faith in Anatomy"
Achilles' Head
The Interpretant
"No Bird-yet rode in Ether-"
The Queen's Place
Dickinson's Misery
"Misery, how fair"
"The Literature of Misery"
"This Chasm"
"And bore her safe away"
Conclusion
Notes
Selected Works Cited
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