Elizabeth Bishops Poetics of Intimacy by Victoria HarrisonElizabeth Bishops Poetics of Intimacy by Victoria Harrison

Elizabeth Bishops Poetics of Intimacy

byVictoria Harrison

Paperback | May 15, 2008

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By offering a fresh look at Bishop criticism that has moved from purely formal concerns and postmodern interpretations to more recent feminist analysis, Victoria Harrison traces Bishop's career, dividing Bishop's work into three chronological periods of activity: her early work, her writing in Brazil, and her late retrospective verse. By examining letters and notebooks, Harrison unfolds the biographical events that influenced Bishop's poetic style, addressing her treatment of such topics as family relations, history, politics, war, love, sexuality, and ethnic differences. Elizabeth Bishop's Poetics of Intimacy is one of the first books to delve extensively into the Bishop archives. Making wider use of Bishop's unpublished work than any other book, Harrison explores Bishop's childhood memoirs, journals, letters, Brazilian travel prose, unfinished poems, and draft material. The reproduction of these archival materials--with revisions, cancelled lines, notes--shows a mind at work and a career in evolution.
Title:Elizabeth Bishops Poetics of IntimacyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:May 15, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521062128

ISBN - 13:9780521062121


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Note on the text; Introduction; 1. Articulating a personal poetics; 2. Writing intimacy; 3. Turning history under; 4. Gathering in a childhood; 5. Confronting Brazil; 6. Closing together; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Harrison is strong, alert, and sometimes downright revelatory when engaged with poems and stories (especially unpublished writings) that deal with Bishop's inner-conflicts about sexuality, anger, politics, and culture....[T]his challenging contribution to Bishop studies is strongly recommended for advanced undergraduates, graduates, and faculty." Choice