English 100

The Seminar on Criticism: Emily Dickinson and Her Critics

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
4 Fall 2021 Goldstein, Amanda Jo
TTh 12:30-2 263 Dwinelle

Book List

Franklin, Ralph W.: The Poems of Emily Dickinson; Holmes, Janet: The ms of m y kin

Other Readings and Media

Critical and theoretical readings will be available through bCourses.


From the editors who first shaped her posthumously discovered poems into publishable form to the recent scholars who have sought to restore their category-defying strangeness, Emily Dickinson’s writing has thrust readers into acts of co-creation and spontaneous poetic theory, as well as critical reflections on method. In this class, we will read multitudes of Dickinson’s tiny, mind-opening poems in dialogue with relevant problems in lyric theory, historical poetics, and queer/feminist, ecocritical, and materialist studies. Assignments will challenge seminar participants to hone their practice of critical reading and writing and reflect consciously on questions of method.

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