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The Resource A vice for voices : reading Emily Dickinson's correspondence, Marietta Messmer

A vice for voices : reading Emily Dickinson's correspondence, Marietta Messmer

Label
A vice for voices : reading Emily Dickinson's correspondence
Title
A vice for voices
Title remainder
reading Emily Dickinson's correspondence
Statement of responsibility
Marietta Messmer
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Despite her reputation as a reclusive poet, Emily Dickinson wrote more than one thousand "letters to the world," engaging in lively epistolary conversations with close to one hundred correspondents. Although these letters have found many avid readers since they were first published in 1894, they have often been viewed as mere background material or vehicles for the writer's poems. This study offers a reevaluation of their status within Dickinson's canon, arguing for "correspondence" (rather than "poetry") as her central form of expression." "Concentrating on Dickinson's exchanges with childhood friends, as well as with Susan Gilbert Dickinson, Elizabeth Holland, Austin Dickinson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, and the mysterious "Master." Marietta Messmer explores the poet's gradual shift from writing confessional letters to developing her unique "vice for voices" by creating fictionalized epistolary personae. While radically challenging nineteenth-century letter-writing conventions, these personae also subvert the narrowly circumscribed roles available to women at that time. Messmer shows how Dickinson used this double-voiced mode of correspondence to manipulate and interrogate a variety of male-dominated "authorized" literary, religious, and sociocultural discourses."--Jacket
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Messmer, Marietta
Dewey number
  • 811/.4
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS1541.Z5
LC item number
M38 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Women and literature
  • American letters
  • Poets, American
  • Dickinson, Emily
Label
A vice for voices : reading Emily Dickinson's correspondence, Marietta Messmer
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-259) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Introduction: Two Centuries of Critical Responses to Dickinson's Letters
  • The Context of Nineteenth-Century Epistolary Conventions
  • Editing Dickinson's Correspondence, 1894-1999
  • The "Female" World of Love and Duty
  • The "Male" World of Power and Poetry
  • Manipulating Multiple Voices
  • Conclusion: Dickinson's Letters to the World
Control code
46866195
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 280 pages
Isbn
9781558493063
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2001002481
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
A vice for voices : reading Emily Dickinson's correspondence, Marietta Messmer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-259) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Introduction: Two Centuries of Critical Responses to Dickinson's Letters
  • The Context of Nineteenth-Century Epistolary Conventions
  • Editing Dickinson's Correspondence, 1894-1999
  • The "Female" World of Love and Duty
  • The "Male" World of Power and Poetry
  • Manipulating Multiple Voices
  • Conclusion: Dickinson's Letters to the World
Control code
46866195
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 280 pages
Isbn
9781558493063
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2001002481
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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