A Companion to Emily Dickinson
This companion to America?s greatest woman poet showcases the diversity and excellence that characterize the thriving field of Dickinson studies.
Covers biographical approaches of Dickinson, the historical, political and cultural contexts of her work, and its critical reception over the years
Considers issues relating to the different formats in which Dickinson?s lyrics have been published ? manuscript, print, halftone and digital facsimile
Provides incisive interventions into current critical discussions, as well as opening up fresh areas of critical inquiry
Features new work being done in the critique of nineteenth-century American poetry generally, as well as new work being done in Dickinson studies
Designed to be used alongside the Dickinson Electronic Archives, an online resource developed over the past ten years
Martha Nell Smith is Professor of English and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland. Her numerous publications include three award-winning books – Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson's Intimate Letters to Susan Dickinson (1998), Comic Power in Emily Dickinson (1993), Rowing in Eden: Rereading Emily Dickinson (1992) – the scholarly edition, Emily Dickinson's Correspondences: A Born-Digital Scholarly Inquiry (2008), and over 50 journal articles and book chapters. The recipient of numerous awards for her work on Dickinson and in new media, Smith is also Coordinator and Executive Editor of the Dickinson Electronic Archives projects at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) at the University of Virginia.
Mary Loeffelholz is Professor of English and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Northeastern University. She is the author of From School to Salon: Reading Nineteenth-Century American Women's Poetry (2004), Experimental Lives: Women and Literature, 1900–1945 (1992), Dickinson and the Boundaries of Feminist Theory (1991), and of a number of essays on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American poetry and culture. She was formerly editor of Studies in American Fiction and is the editor of Volume D, Between the Wars: 1914–1945 in the Norton Anthology of American Literature
A Companion to Emily Dickinson
Notes on Contributors
Martha Nell Smith is Professor of English and Founding Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH < at the University of Maryland. Her numerous print publications include three award-winning books - Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson's Intimate Letters to Susan Dickinson , coauthored with Ellen Louise Hart (Paris Press 1998), Comic Power in Emily Dickinson , coauthored with Cristanne Miller and Suzanne Juhasz (Texas 1993), Rowing in Eden: Rereading Emily Dickinson (Texas 1992) - and more than 40 articles and essays. Besides co-editing this Companion to Emily Dickinson , she has also written Dickinson, A User's Guide for Blackwell (forthcoming in 2008). The recipient of numerous awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Mellon Foundation, and the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) for her work on Dickinson and in new media, Smith is also Coordinator and Executive Editor of the Dickinson Electronic Archives projects at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) at the University of Virginia < or < With Lara Vetter, Smith is a general editor of Emily Dickinson's Correspondence: A Born-Digital Inquiry , forthcoming (December 2007) from the Mellon-sponsored Rotunda New Digital Scholarship, University of Virginia Press. With teams at the University of Illinois, University of Virginia, University of Nebraska, University of Alberta, and Northwestern University, Smith is working on two interrelated Mellon-sponsored data mining and visualization initiatives, NORA < and MONK (Metadata Offer New Knowledge). Smith also serves on the editorial board and steering committee of NINES (Networked Interface for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship; < and is on numerous advisory boards of digital literary projects such as The Poetess Archive < and Digital Dickens . A leader in innovations in academic publishing, Smith co-chairs the Modern Language Association (MLA)'s Committee on Scholarly Editions (CSE).
Mary Loeffelholz received her Ph.D. from Yale University and taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before joining the English department of Northeastern University, where she is currently Professor of English and Associate Dean for Faculty and Director of the Graduate School, College of Arts and Sciences. She is the author of Dickinson and the Boundaries of Feminist Theory (University of Illinois Press 1991), From School to Salon: Reading Nineteenth-Century American Women's Poetry (Princeton University Press 2004), and of numerous essays on nineteenth-century American poetry and culture that have appeared in American Literary History , The New England Quarterly , The Emily Dickinson Journal , The Yale Journal of Criticism , Genders , and Legacy . She is the editor of Studies in American Fiction and of Volume D, 1914 - 1945, of The Norton Anthology of American Literature .
Faith Barrett is an Assistant Professor of English at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. With Cristanne Miller, she co-edited Words for the Hour: A New Anthology of American Civil War Poetry (University of Massachusetts Press 2005). She is currently working on a book manuscript that analyzes American poetry of the Civil War era, including work by Dickinson, Piatt, Whitman, and Melville, as well as popular poetry and unpublished poems by soldiers.