Emily Dickinson Annotated Bibliography

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Annotated Bibliography

Agrawal, Abha. Emily Dickinson, Search for Self. New Delhi: Young Asia Publications, 1977. N. Pag. Print.
This book shows what Emily’s vision was and the purpose of her poetry. The author suggests that the purpose of her poetry was Dickinson’s attempt to find her identity. This would help me in writing my thesis because I can look at which poems could be identified as being “feminists” or not. Anderson, Charles. Emily Dickinson's Poetry: Stairway of Surprise. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1960. N. Pag. Print.

Major element of interpretation is similar to Taggard in the sense that they both talk about the sex role expectations. Baker, Dorothy Z. "A Russian Translation/Imitation of Emily Dickinson: 'After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes. Emily Dickinson Journal. 2 Feb 1993: 147-52. Discusses Russian language translations of poems, including title poem. Bennett, Paula. My Life, a Loaded Gun: Female Creativity and Feminist Poetics. Boston: Beacon Press, 1986. N. Pag. Print. Book on Dickinson, Plath, and Rich. Her poems are about self-redefinition and self-empowerment"(5). Stress ED's pride in being unwomanly, "embracing the true or unacceptable self" (6).

Cameron, Sharon. Lyric Time: Dickinson and the Limits of Genre. Baltimore. John Hopkins University Press. 65-74.
Focuses on death theme and how some poems actually defend death. Cody, John. After Great Pain: The Inner Life of Emily Dickinson. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press, Belknap Press, 1971. N. Pag. Print.

The way Cody has interpreted ED can be looked at as Freudian because there is a strong emphasis on bisexuality, masculinity, rage, and love. For example, creativity is associated with masculinity while destruction and sexuality is associated with femininity. He believes that some of her poems are about how ED needs control and that’s pretty much why she had a mental breakdown.

Dobson, Joanne A. Oh Susie it is Dangerous: Emily Dickinson and the...
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