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Experiencing Death through Emily Dickinson's Mourning

Abstract : This study focuses on the way Dickinson engages with the theme of death. In this writer, this is a theme that is and has already been, extensively studied. Still, this research aims at applying a new approach based on the characteristics of an initiatory quest. Using close-reading, the analysis is corpus-based with attention to Dickinson’s original death poems. The main findings suggest that instability is a constant through her exploration of the topic. As correlative to instability, there is transformation. Both illustrate her bereavement from death and resistance to it, for she does not seem to partake in a life among the living without belonging to the dead. Even her poetry shows interdisciplinarity in the crossing of academic lines to draw insights from more than one discipline, and on the literary level her style demonstrates that she is not firmly fixed in her time.
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Franckia Loison. Experiencing Death through Emily Dickinson's Mourning. Humanities and Social Sciences. 2019. ⟨hal-02315529⟩



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