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The Death-Motif in the Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Christina Rossetti


Claudia Ottlinger

While Emily Dickinson as a forerunner of modern American poetry has met with a good critical response, Christina Rossetti is still regarded as a minor Victorian poet. Despite all their biographical, religious and poetic differences the comparative approach is appropriate for shedding new light on these two women's poetic output, which is preoccupied with death, and for displaying their cultural divergences as well as their transcultural affinities. Based on a new typology and with reference to 220 primary texts, this book highlights Dickinson's and Rossetti's supremely complex view of death, characterized by an enormous amount of shifting emphases and perspectives and focussing on the lyrical I that oscillates between fear and fascination, numb despair and welcome release.


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5. Bibliography Primary Literature Johnson, Thomas H. (ed.), Emily Dickinson. The Complete Poems, London and Boston (1955) 1986 Johnson, Thomas H. I Ward, Theodora (eds.), Emily Dickinson. The Letters, 3 vols., Cambridge, Mass. 1958 Rossetti, William Michael (ed.), The Family Letters of Christina G. Rossetti, New York 1908 Rossetti, William Michael ( ed. ), The Poetical Works of Christina Georgina Rossetti, with Memoir and Notes, London 1904 Secondary Literature on Emily Dickinson Anderson, Charles R., Emily Dickinson's Poetry. Stairway of Surprise, London/Melbourne/Toronto 1960 Anderson, Peggy, "The Bride of the White Election: A New Look at Biblical Influence on Emily Dickinson", in: Nineteenth-Century Women Writers of the English-Speaking World, ed. Rhoda B. Nathan, New York/Westport, Connecticut/London 1986, pp.l-11 Armand, Barton Levi Saint, Emily Dickinson and Her Culture, Cambridge 1984 Bianchi, Martha D., Life and Letters of Emily Dickinson, Boston and New York 1924 Bingham, Millicent Todd (ed.), Bolts ofMelody, New York 1945 175 Bingham, Millicent Todd, Emily Dickinson's Home, New York and Toronto 1955 Blackmur, R.P., "Emily Dickinson: Notes on Prejudice and Fact", The Southern Review 3, Autumn 1937, pp. 325-347 Blackmur, R.P., "Emily Dickinson's Notation", The Kenyon Review XVIII, 1956 Boorstin, Daniel J., The Americans 1: The Colonial Experience, Middlesex 1958 Burbick, Joan," 'One Unbroken Company': Religion and Emily Dickinson", New England Quarterly: A Historical Review of New England Life and Letters, Vol. 53, 1980, pp. 62-75 Cameron, Sharon, Lyric Time. Dickinson and the Limits of Geme, Baltimore and London 1979 Donoghue, Denis, "Emily Dickinson", in: Pamphlets on American Writers, No. 81,...

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