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The Value of Emily Dickinson is the first compact introduction to Dickinson to focus primarily on her poems and why they have held and continue to hold such significance for readers. It addresses the question of literary value in light of current controversies dividing scholars, including those surrounding the critical issue of whether her writings are best appreciated as visual works of manuscript art or as rhymed and metered poems intended for the inner ear. Mary Loeffelholz deftly incorporates Dickinson's distinctive biography and her historical, religious, and cultural contexts into close readings, tracing the evolution of Dickinson's style. This volume - which considers not only the complex history of Dickinson's poems in print, but also their future in digital formats - will be an invaluable resource for undergraduate and graduate students seeking to better understand the importance of this seminal American poet.Read more
- Discusses the most recent developments in the field, including the new Emily Dickinson Archive
- Links concerns about the representation of Dickinson's works to her own aesthetics and her way of thinking about the media of her poems
- Weighs in on controversial debates central to Dickinson studies
- Winner, 2017 Choice Outstanding Academic Title
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'Loeffelholz's study is unstinting in its soundness, intriguing for its discoveries, and invaluable for its close exegesis of many poems. Including supplemental notes, this book gives witness to the compelling vibrancy of an artist in perpetual motion.' Choice
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- Date Published: June 2016
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107445864
- length: 171 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 138 x 11 mm
- weight: 0.23kg
- contains: 4 b/w illus.
- availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from January 2018
Table of Contents
1. The life of Dickinson's writing
2. Some striding - giant - love -
3. Women, now, queens, now!
4. Her American materials
5. Faith and doubt
6. The spirit lasts - but in what mode -.
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