Emily Dickinson and Her Culture: The Souls Society by Barton Levi St ArmandEmily Dickinson and Her Culture: The Souls Society by Barton Levi St Armand

Emily Dickinson and Her Culture: The Souls Society

byBarton Levi St Armand

Paperback | June 27, 1986

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The great American poet Emily Dickinson has long been seen as a figure isolated from her contemporaries and insulated from her surrounding culture. This book attempts to place her texts in their cultural contexts by exploring her attitude towards death, romance, the afterlife, God, nature and art. Using pertinent parallels, analogues, and glosses, it assesses her response to three levels of general culture: elite, popular, and folk. It attempts to find coherence in the entire canon of her poetry, and to reconstruct the lost sensibility that produced it. The author stresses Dickinson's visual acuity and the pictorial elements of her art, taking issue with recent criticism, which has focused on that art's supposed abstraction and 'scenelessness'. At its widest, the book is not only a cultural biography of Emily Dickinson as an American Victorian, but a biography of American Victorian culture itself, where Dickinson emerges as a 'Representative Woman'.
Title:Emily Dickinson and Her Culture: The Souls SocietyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.87 inPublished:June 27, 1986Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521339782

ISBN - 13:9780521339780

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Apologia: an art of assemblage; 1. Keepsakes: Mary Warner's scrapbook; 2. Dark parade: Dickinson, Sigourney, and the Victorian way of death; 3. Kindred spirits: Dickinson, Stowe, and the wars of romance; 4. Paradise deferred; Dickinson, Phelps, and the image of heaven; 5. American grotesque: Dickinson, God, and folk forms; 6. The earthly paradise: Dickinson, Ruskin, and Victorian aesthetics; 8. The art of peace: Dickinson, sunsets, and the sublime; Appendices; Notes; Index.