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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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Josef Metzele The Presentation of Death in Tolstoy's Prose Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, New York, Paris, Wien, 1996. 151 pp. European University Studies: Series 16, Slavonic Languages and Literatures. Vol. 53 ISBN 3-631-49721-0 pb. DM 54.--* US-ISBN 0-8204-2965-1 This study examines one of the recurrent themes in Russian literature. It deals with the presentation of death in L. N. Tolstoy's narratives. Whereas the majority of critics have dealt with this topic from a philo- sophical and religious perspective, this study attempts to analyse its artistic, that is, its thematic and stylistic aspects. In approaching this complex theme, the author distinguishes between major modes and submodes of death (natural vs. violent, potentiality vs. materialization) to provide some of the elementary components of a "poetics" of death. The results of this study underline Tolstoy's artistic sophistication in the presentation of this eternal, yet complex subject. Contents: This dissertation analyses Tolstoy's great novels as well as his outstanding novellas and short stories. Peter Lang .A. Europaischer Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt a.M. • Berlin • Bern • New York • Paris • Wien Auslieferung: Verlag Peter Lang AG, Jupiterstr. 15, CH-3000 Bern 15 Telefon (004131) 9402121, Telefax (004131) 9402131 · PretSanderungen vorbehalten. • inklusive Mehrwertsteuer

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