Emily Dickinson

A Companion

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About the Book

The public is widely familiar with the Emily Dickinson stereotype—an eccentric spinster in a white dress flitting about her father’s house, hiding from all visitors. But these associations are limited and misguided and should be dismantled. This work aims to remove some of the distorted myths about Dickinson in order to clear a path to her poetry. The entries and short essays should open avenues of inquiry for debate and individual critical analysis.
This companion to Emily Dickison’s poetry gives both instructors and readers multiple avenues for a closer, more accessible study. For instructors, the entries and charts are intended to prompt ideas for classroom discussion and syllabus planning. For readers, whether they are first encountering Dickinson’s poems or returning for a fresh course of study, this book aims to inspire interpretative opportunities. The entries and charts should prompt readers to make connections between Dickinson poems, ponder the significance of literary, artistic, historical, political or social contexts, and question the interpretations offered by others as they enter the never-ending debates between Dickinson scholars

Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

About the Author(s)

Ann Beebe is an associate professor in English at the University of Texas at Tyler. She specializes in pre-1870 American literature at the undergraduate and graduate level and has published articles on the works of Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, E. D. E. N Southworth, and Phillis Wheatley.

Laurence W. Mazzeno, president emeritus of Alvernia University, Reading, Pennsylvania, is the author or editor of 20+ books and more than 300 articles and reviews on literature and history. He lives in Arvada, Colorado.

Sue Norton, a lecturer of English at the Technological University Dublin since 1999, previously taught in University College Dublin, University College Cork and New Jersey City University.

Bibliographic Details

Ann Beebe. Series Editor Laurence W. Mazzeno; Associate Editor Sue Norton
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7657-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4611-4
Imprint: McFarland
Series: McFarland Companions to 19th Century Literature