Remapping Dickinson and periodical studies [electronic resource] /

by Satelmajer, Ingrid.

Abstract (Summary)
Title of Dissertation: REMAPPING DICKINSON AND PERIODICAL STUDIES Ingrid Satelmajer, Doctor of Philosophy, 2004 Dissertation directed by: Professor Martha Nell Smith Department of English My dissertation addresses Emily Dickinson’s neglected periodical poems of the 1890s. In examining these poems, it 1) updates and recasts the narrative of Dickinson’s posthumous production and 2) challenges long-held assumptions about periodical culture that have contributed to that culture’s neglect. Since circulation figures of the periodicals easily exceeded sales figures for Dickinson books in the 1890s and some poems remained uncollected until almost the mid-twentieth century, these poems are vital for understanding the reception and publishing history of Dickinson’s poetry. Further, the movement beyond authorial intention in textual studies encourages us to look at “unsanctioned” texts like Dickinson’s periodical poems. My project unseats the bookcentered nature of production and reception narratives and challenges larger perceptions about the presentation and distribution of American poetry in the nineteenth century, foregrounding the central role periodicals played in fostering and recording readers’ desire for the genre. This project initially examines how Dickinson’s periodical texts worked in concert with the marketing of the four Dickinson books published in the 1890s: POEMS (1890), POEMS (1891), LETTERS (1894), and POEMS (1896). In such places as the children’s magazine ST. NICHOLAS, the Dickinson editorial team of Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Mabel Loomis Todd sought out broader markets and worked to create an image of the poet that would increase the public’s appetite for her. The periodicals, however, served as more than mere “handmaidens” to the books. My project employs archival research to examine how Higginson and Todd’s editorial production of Dickinson after the author’s death clashed with similar efforts in SCRIBNER’S
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School:University of Maryland Baltimore

School Location:USA - Maryland

Source Type:Master's Thesis



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