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Emily Dickinson and Philosophy

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Marianne Noble, Jed Deppman, Gary Lee Stonum, Michael Kearns, Melanie Hubbard, Jane Eberwein, Linda Freedman, Daniel Fineman, Jim von der Heydt, Shira Wolosky, Renee Tursi, Farhang Erfani, Megan Craig
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  • Date Published: August 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107029415

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  • Emily Dickinson's poetry is deeply philosophical. Recognizing that conventional language limited her thought and writing, Dickinson created new poetic forms to pursue the moral and intellectual issues that mattered most to her. This collection situates Dickinson within the rapidly evolving intellectual culture of her time and explores the degree to which her groundbreaking poetry anticipated trends in twentieth-century thought. Essays aim to clarify the ideas at stake in Dickinson's poems by reading them in the context of one or more relevant philosophers, including near-contemporaries such as Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, and Hegel, and later philosophers whose methods are implied in her poetry, including Levinas, Sartre, and Heidegger. The Dickinson who emerges is a curious, open-minded interpreter of how human beings make sense of the world – one for whom poetry is a component of a lifelong philosophical project.

    • This is the first text to demonstrate the depth of Dickinson's philosophical thinking in a wide range of philosophical areas
    • Shows a broad range of ways in which Dickinson's poetry can be interpreted as philosophy
    • Rigorously compares Dickinson's thinking explicitly with that of numerous philosophers and philosophical movements
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    • Date Published: August 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107029415
    • length: 278 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Marianne Noble, Jed Deppman and Gary Lee Stonum
    Part I. Dickinson and the Philosophy of her Time:
    1. Emily Dickinson: anatomist of the mind Michael Kearns
    2. Dickinson, Hume, and the common sense legacy Melanie Hubbard
    3. Outgrowing genesis? Dickinson, Darwin, and the higher criticism Jane Eberwein
    4. Touching the wounds: Dickinson and Christology Linda Freedman
    5. Against mastery: Dickinson contra Hegel and Schlegel Daniel Fineman
    6. Perfect from the pod: instant learning in Dickinson and Kierkegaard Jim von der Heydt
    Part II. Dickinson and Modern Philosophy:
    7. Truth and lie in Emily Dickinson and Friedrich Nietzsche Shira Wolosky
    8. Emily Dickinson, pragmatism, and the conquests of mind Renee Tursi
    9. Dickinson and Sartre on facing the brutality of brute existence Farhang Erfani
    10. Dickinson on perception and consciousness: a dialogue with Merleau-Ponty Marianne Noble
    11. The infinite in person: Levinas and Dickinson Megan Craig
    12. Astonished thinking: Dickinson and Heidegger Jed Deppman
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Editors

    Jed Deppman, Oberlin College, Ohio
    Jed Deppman is the Irvin E. Houck Associate Professor in the Humanities at Oberlin College.

    Marianne Noble, American University
    Marianne Noble is Associate Professor of Literature at American University.

    Gary Lee Stonum, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio
    Gary Lee Stonum is the Oviatt Professor in the English Department of Case Western Reserve University.

    Contributors

    Marianne Noble, Jed Deppman, Gary Lee Stonum, Michael Kearns, Melanie Hubbard, Jane Eberwein, Linda Freedman, Daniel Fineman, Jim von der Heydt, Shira Wolosky, Renee Tursi, Farhang Erfani, Megan Craig

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