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The Resource Emily Dickinson's vision : illness and identity in her poetry, James R. Guthrie

Emily Dickinson's vision : illness and identity in her poetry, James R. Guthrie

Label
Emily Dickinson's vision : illness and identity in her poetry
Title
Emily Dickinson's vision
Title remainder
illness and identity in her poetry
Statement of responsibility
James R. Guthrie
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • In this original contribution to Dickinson biography and criticism, James Guthrie demonstrates how the poet's optical disease - strabismus, a deviation of the cornea - directly affected her subject matter, her poetic method, and indeed her sense of her own identity
  • Dickinson's illness compelled her to remain indoors with her eyes heavily bandaged for months at a time, especially during the summer. Guthrie maintains that these extended periods of sensory deprivation caused her to seek solace in writing and to convert her poems into replacements for her injured eyes. Many poems discuss her physical pain; many mention such topics as optics, astronomy, light, or the sun; some suggest that she blamed God for what had happened to her
  • These poems permitted her, Guthrie says, to use her personal experience as a springboard for discussing philosophical and religious matters and led her, finally, to conceive a system of metapoetics in which she served as translator or mediator between God's will and human experience
  • Guthrie argues that reading the poems in an overtly biographical context deepens their complexity and profundity. Dickinson emerges from this study as an accomplished artist and an eminently sane and stable woman whose patience and optimism were sorely tested by severe, chronic illness
Member of
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Guthrie, James R.
Dewey number
811/.4
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
PS1541.Z5
LC item number
G88 1998eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dickinson, Emily
  • Women and literature
  • Identity (Psychology) in literature
  • People with visual disabilities
  • Heaven in literature
  • Summer in literature
  • Health in literature
  • Sun
  • Dickinson, Emily
  • Dickinson, Emily
  • Dickinson, Emily
  • Dickinson, Emily
  • Femmes et littérature
  • Identité (Psychologie) dans la littérature
  • Handicapés visuels
  • Ciel
  • Été dans la littérature
  • Santé dans la littérature
  • Soleil dans la littérature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Health in literature
  • Heaven in literature
  • Identity (Psychology) in literature
  • Literature
  • People with visual disabilities
  • Summer in literature
  • Women and literature
  • Massachusetts
  • Sun
  • Augenkrankheit
  • Identität
  • Lyrik
  • Schielen
  • Identität
  • Krankheit
  • English
  • Languages & Literatures
  • American Literature
Label
Emily Dickinson's vision : illness and identity in her poetry, James R. Guthrie
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-201) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • The "Consent of Language": Symbolism in Nature, Mathematics, and the Sacrament
  • 6.
  • "A Tumultuous Privacy of Storm": Snow, Publication, and the Problem of Romantic Egotism
  • 7.
  • A Charter for Heaven on Earth: Law, Property, and Provincialism in Dickinson's Poems and Letters to Judge Otis Phillips Lord
  • 1.
  • "Measuring the Sun": Perception, Punishment, and the Rivalrous Imagination
  • 2.
  • Compound Vision: The Poet as Astronomer
  • 3.
  • The "Scientist of Faith": Overcoming the Obstacles to Perception
  • 4.
  • Poetry as Place: Heaven, Ill/locality, and Continents of Light
Control code
48138376
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 208 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780813021652
Lccn
97044483
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)48138376
Label
Emily Dickinson's vision : illness and identity in her poetry, James R. Guthrie
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-201) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • The "Consent of Language": Symbolism in Nature, Mathematics, and the Sacrament
  • 6.
  • "A Tumultuous Privacy of Storm": Snow, Publication, and the Problem of Romantic Egotism
  • 7.
  • A Charter for Heaven on Earth: Law, Property, and Provincialism in Dickinson's Poems and Letters to Judge Otis Phillips Lord
  • 1.
  • "Measuring the Sun": Perception, Punishment, and the Rivalrous Imagination
  • 2.
  • Compound Vision: The Poet as Astronomer
  • 3.
  • The "Scientist of Faith": Overcoming the Obstacles to Perception
  • 4.
  • Poetry as Place: Heaven, Ill/locality, and Continents of Light
Control code
48138376
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 208 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780813021652
Lccn
97044483
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)48138376

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