English 100

Junior Seminar: Emily Dickinson and Her Legacies


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
6 Spring 2005 Francois, Anne-Lise
Francois, Anne-Lise
MW 4-5:30 221 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

L. Bogan, Blue Estuaries; E. Dickinson, Complete Poems, Selected Letters, Open Me Carefully; S. Howe, My Emily Dickinson; Course Reader

Description

"This course presents a study of Dickinson's poetry, with an eye to writers who inherited and re-interpreted her legacies in the twentieth century. Taking as our starting point the coincidence between the publication of 'serious' critical editions of Dickinson's poetry in the early part of the twentieth century and the beginnings of American modernism, we will explore Dickinson's impact on modernist and post-modernist writers such as Hart Crane, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, Louise Bogan, Elizabeth Bishop, Paul Celan, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Adrienne Rich, Robert Creeley, Susan Howe, and Anne Carson.



We will give special attention to the negatives of Dickinson's speakers, as they say 'NO' to conventional marriage, organized religion, and print publication. During her lifetime, Dickinson refused to see more than a handful of her poems in print, but she circulated many in letters to select group of friends, and wove hundreds into hand-made books called 'fascicles.' The story of Dickinson's refusal to publish and of her own form of bookmaking and transmission will serve as an occasion for discussing the relations between poet and public, poetry and history, and gender and canon-making. "


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