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Dickinson Unbound: Paper, Process, Poetics

Alexandra Socarides


Through close attention to Dickinson’s literal process of making—to both the material objects and compositional practices she employed in this process—this book takes up the project of analyzing how knowledge of Dickinson’s process can shape the way we read her poetry. It follows Dickinson through the five main stages of her career: copying poems onto folded sheets of stationery; inserting and embedding poems into correspondence; sewing sheets together to make fascicles; scattering loose sheets; and copying lines on often torn and discarded pieces of household paper. Describing these stages an ... More

Keywords: poetics, Emily Dickinson, material culture, compositional practices, paper, nineteenth-century poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199858088
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199858088.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexandra Socarides, author
University of Missouri