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The Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Bishop


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Angus Cleghorn, Jonathan Ellis, Thomas Travisano, Steven Gould Axelrod, Kirstin Hotelling Zona, Susan Rosenbaum, Sandra Barry, Bethany Hicok, Barbara Page, Lloyd Schwartz, Siobhan Phillips, Peggy Samuels, Lorrie Goldensohn
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  • Date Published: February 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107672543

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  • Elizabeth Bishop is increasingly recognized as one of the twentieth century's most important and original poets. Initially celebrated for the minute detail of her descriptions, what John Ashbery memorably called her 'thinginess', Bishop's reputation has risen dramatically since her death, in part due to the publication of new work, including letters, stories, and visual art, as well as a controversial volume of uncollected poems, drafts, and fragments. This Companion engages with key debates surrounding the interpretation and reception of Bishop's writing in relation to questions of biography, the natural world and politics. Individual chapters focus on texts such as North and South, Questions of Travel, and Geography III, while offering fresh readings of the significance of Nova Scotia, Massachusetts, and Brazil to Bishop's life and work. This volume explores the full range of Bishop's artistic achievements and the extent to which the posthumous publications have contributed to her enduring popularity.

    • Offers the only comprehensive study of Bishop's writing across literary genres, including poetry, prose, letter writing and translation
    • Chapters provide a comprehensive guide to contemporary Bishop studies by going beyond conventional themes such as gender or politics
    • This volume is the first to synthesize Bishop's posthumous writings with the emerging scholarship around it
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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107672543
    • length: 242 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Angus Cleghorn and Jonathan Ellis
    Part I. Contexts and Issues:
    1. Bishop and biography Thomas Travisano
    2. Bishop, history, and politics Steven Gould Axelrod
    3. Bishop: race, class, and gender Kirstin Hotelling Zona
    4. Bishop and the natural world Susan Rosenbaum
    5. Bishop and the poetic tradition Bonnie Costello
    Part II. Major Works:
    6. In the village: Bishop and Nova Scotia Sandra Barry
    7. Becoming a poet: from north to south Bethany Hicok
    8. Home, wherever that may be: poems and prose of Brazil Barbara Page
    9. Back to Boston: Geography III and other late poems Lloyd Schwartz
    10. Bishop's correspondence Siobhan Phillips
    11. Bishop and visual art Peggy Samuels
    12. Bishop's posthumous publications Lorrie Goldensohn
    Bibliography and guide to further reading

  • Editors

    Angus Cleghorn, Seneca College
    Angus Cleghorn is Professor of English and Liberal Studies at Seneca College, Toronto. Since 2004, he has served as the editor of the Elizabeth Bishop Bulletin for the Elizabeth Bishop Society. He has published articles on Bishop and Wallace Stevens, as well as the book Wallace Stevens' Poetics: The Neglected Rhetoric (2000); guest-edited two issues of the Wallace Stevens Journal (1999, 2006); and co-edited the volume Elizabeth Bishop in the Twenty-First Century: Reading the New Editions (2012).

    Jonathan Ellis, University of Sheffield
    Jonathan Ellis is Senior Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Sheffield, England. He is the author of Art and Memory in the Work of Elizabeth Bishop (2006), as well as articles on Michael Donaghy, Paul Muldoon, Sylvia Plath and Anne Stevenson. His next book, for which he received a British Academy Research Development Award in 2008, is on twentieth-century letter writing. He is currently editing a collection of essays on poets' letters, Letter Writing among Poets: From William Wordsworth to Elizabeth Bishop.


    Angus Cleghorn, Jonathan Ellis, Thomas Travisano, Steven Gould Axelrod, Kirstin Hotelling Zona, Susan Rosenbaum, Sandra Barry, Bethany Hicok, Barbara Page, Lloyd Schwartz, Siobhan Phillips, Peggy Samuels, Lorrie Goldensohn

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