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Emily Dickinson and her contemporaries : women's verse in America, 1820-1885
Petrino, Elizabeth A., 1962-
Publication Information:
Hanover, NH : University Press of New England, [1998]

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xi, 240 pages ; 24 cm
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PS1541.Z5 P44 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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An interdisciplinary examination of the poet, her milieu, and the ways she and her contemporaries freed their work from cultural limitations.

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Petrino (English, Wake Forest Univ.) examines the poetry of Dickinson in the context of other 19th-century female poets such as Helen Hunt Jackson, Lydia Sigourney, Louisa May Alcott, and Julia Ward Howe. While previous works, such as Cheryl Walker's The Nightingale's Burden: Women Poets and American Culture Before 1900 (Indiana Univ., 1982) have discussed the generic structure of women's poetry and the relation between the poets and the patriarchal publishing world, Petrino discusses how Dickinson, rather than being separate from her contemporaries, actually used the same poetic themes deemed acceptable to women writers but differed in creating "a new powerful means of expression within the prescribed limits." Dickinson also differed from other female poets in her refusal to allow her work to be published. In addition to an in-depth analysis of the constraints of publication, Petrino also examines the poetic themes and conventions used by Dickinson and her contemporaries, such as mourning and death, floral language, and geographic imagery. Highly recommended for all academic libraries and public libraries with a strong American literature collection.‘Kim Woodbridge, "The Scientist," Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.