- Paperback: 226 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199380236
- ISBN-13: 978-0199380237
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.6 x 6.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,958,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dickinson Unbound: Paper, Process, Poetics 1st Edition
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"This is by far the best book on Dickinson I have read in a long time. It is an important and timely contribution to Dickinson studies, to the history of the book, to the history of reading, and a crucial contribution to the emerging field of nineteenth-century historical poetics."--Virginia Jackson, author of Dickinson's Misery: A Theory of Lyric Reading
"Socarides' close attention to Dickinson's compositional practices is so interesting that it's astonishing that it's taken this long for such a book to appear-although the demanding nature of her primary archival work may explain why it has not. Dickinson Unbound sets a high standard for rigor and care of inference in Dickinson manuscript studies." --Mary Loeffelholz, author of From School to Salon: Reading Nineteenth-Century American Women's Poetry
"Characterized by rigorous scholarship, Socarides's invaluable inquiry into method sets a precedent for Dickinson studies...Highly recommended." --Choice
"[O]ffers an exciting and insightful intervention into Dickinson studies while also suggesting new avenues for approaching women's poetry of the nineteenth century." --Legacy
About the Author
Alexandra Socarides is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Missouri.
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Socarides allows the "materiality" of Dickinson's poetic output to not only voice itself in opposition to much previous criticism, but to bring forth a reading of her poetries qua Objects. Indeed, it seems as if Dickinson could be considered the spiritual great-grandmother to many of the process and material-orientated literary experimenters of the 20th century (think OULIPO, and the Concrete poets who came a bit later, or even Edmond Jabès). And, certainly, contemporary poets such as Susan Howe and Anne Carson seem even more throughly indebted to Dickinson through Socarides' precise lensing.
It's enlightening to read expanded notions of how her stitching and pinning of scraps together had deeper personal-editorial purposes which have eluded many scholars (especially when they tried to suss her out while editing together collections of her poems), or her clever foldings of text around food wrappers that intertwine form/object/meaning into one inseparable supra-Object. She was a creator and radical poet not only with stanzaic form, but in fusing the world of objects and "thingness" with language. One can almost imagine Derrida giggling with pleasure in reading this book if he had lived long enough to have had the opportunity.
This book will get a second, third, even forth read from me, especially after I get my hands on the forthcoming (April 2016) release of another photographic fax (this time of her fascicles): "Emily Dickinson's Poems: As She Preserved Them". Socarides' text will especially repay the interested general Dickinson reader like few books of literary crit can.
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