Chapter 17. Emily Dickinson and Her Peers

  1. Paul Lauter president
  1. Paula Bernat Bennett Professor

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch17

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

A Companion to American Literature and Culture

How to Cite

Bernat Bennett, P. (2010) Emily Dickinson and Her Peers, in A Companion to American Literature and Culture (ed P. Lauter), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320626.ch17

Editor Information

  1. Trinity College (Hartford), UK

Author Information

  1. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631208921

Online ISBN: 9781444320626



  • Emily Dickinson and her peers;
  • Thomas H. Johnson, The Poems of Emily Dickinson;
  • Dickinson draping her repudiation of publication - in the language of feminine abashment;
  • biographical mysteries once obsessed Dickinson scholars, editorial questions obsessing Dickinson scholars today;
  • reading Dickinson's manuscripts;
  • reading Dickinson, embracing manuscripts - how misleading in its “positivity”;
  • the poem and Dickinson's struggle with gender issues of her day - a struggle they believe leading her to the brink of madness;
  • reading Dickinson/reading others;
  • modern environmental movement, from labor laws to suffrage - first flowering in early decades of nineteenth century


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Reading Dickinson's Manuscripts

  • Reading Dickinson

  • Reading Dickinson/Reading Others

  • Poets and Poetesses

  • Reading Sigourney

  • References and Further Reading