Lyric Contingencies: Emily Dickinson and Wallace Stevens


In Lyric Contingencies Margaret Dickie brings Wallace Stevens and Emily Dick-inson together to explore the ways in which the lyric genre is eccentric to, even disruptive of, the Emersonian tradition that has shaped American literary history. Dickie contends that although Stevens and Dickinson represent different moments of cultural crises, different genders, and different and private lives, they faced similar problems of expression and similar formal and cultural restraints in their devotion to the lyric genre. Dickie ...

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