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

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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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Band Band 2 Band 3 Band 4 Band 5 Band 6 Band 7 Band 8 Band 9 Band 10 Band 11 Band 12 Band 13 Band 14 Band 15 Band 16 Band 17 STUDIEN ZUR ENGLISCHEN UNO AMERIKANISCHEN LITERATUR Heinz Christian Luffe: Zur Textkonstitution afro-amerikanischer lnitiationsliteratur. 1982. Hildegard Kruse: Bauformen und Erzahlverfahren in den Romanen von Richard Hughes. 1983. Margot Seidel: Bibel und Christentum im dramatischen Werk Eugene O'Neills. 1984. Franz-Jose! S6ndgerath: Wandlungen der amerikanischen "dime novels". 1985. Jurgen GroB: Protest und Prophetie. Die fruhen Dramen von Clifford Odets. 1985. Henryk Kellermann: Die Weltanschauung im Romanwerk von Doris Lessing. 1985. Jurgen Heller: William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens und die moderne Malerei: Asthe- tische Entwurfe, Verfahren der Komposition. 1986. Hanspeter Buchholz: Die schopferische Elite und ihre gesellschaftliche Verantwortung. Studien zu den Romanen von John Fowles. 1986. Michael Winkemann: Wirklichkeitsbezug und metaliterarische Reflexion in der Kurzprosa Donald Barthelmes. 1986. Daniela Tandecki: Mind-Forg'd Manacles: William Blake und das Moralgesetz. 1987. Hugo Roeflaers: Eliot's Early Criticism. Philosophical explorations into The Sacred Wood. 1988. Heinrich Versteegen: James Joyces Ulysses in vier deutschen Ubersetzungen. 1988. Sabine Bock: Mythenrezeption in der Lyrik von Gary Snyder. 1993. Helga Kuhli-Kortmann: Kulturkritik in der Kurzprosa John Cheevers. 1994. Stephan Dorr: "Earth rising to heaven and heaven descending". Die Werke Emily Brontes im Kontext der englischen Romantik. 1995. Yvonne Christolor-Ganev: Charles und Mary Lambs "Tales from Shakespear". 1995. Claudia Ottlinger: The Death-Motif in the Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Christina Rossetti. 1996.

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