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Sylvia Plath in Context

Sylvia Plath in Context

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Jonathan Ellis, Eleanor Spencer, Holly Ranger, Andrew Walker, Peter K. Steinberg, Noreen Masud, Will May, Tracy Brain, Lucy Tunstall, Iain Twiddy, Gerard Woodward, Rebecca C. Tuite, Lynda Bundtzen, Nicola Presley, Jane Hedley, Beatrice Hitchman, Kate Harding, Laura Perry, Robin Peel, Gail Crowther, Richard Kerridge, Cornelia Pearsall, Sally Bayley, Amanda Golden, Anita Helle, Karen V. Kukil, Sarah Corbett, Elaine Feinstein, Maeve O'Brien, Gareth Farmer, Elena Rebollo-Cortés, Fiona Sampson, Heather Clark
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  • Publication planned for: August 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108470131

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  • Sylvia Plath in Context brings together an exciting combination of established and emerging thinkers from a range of disciplines. The book reveals Plath's responses to the writers she reads, her interventions in the literary techniques and forms she encounters, and the wide range of cultural, personal, artistic, political, historical and geographical influences that shaped her work. Many of these essays confront the specific challenges for reading Sylvia Plath today. Others evaluate her legacy to the writers who followed her. Reaching well beyond any simple equation in which biographical cause results in literary effect, all of them argue for a body of work that emerges from Plath's deep involvement in the world she inhabits. Situating Plath's writing within a wide frame of references that reach beyond any single notion of self, this book will be a vital resource for students, scholars, instructors and researchers of Sylvia Plath.

    • Illuminates the ways that Plath drew on popular culture and different forms of media, including fashion, television, cinema, the visual arts, and radio
    • Situates Plath's writing within a wide frame of references that reach beyond any single notion of self
    • Essays are written by an exciting mix of traditional academics and creative practitioners
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    • Publication planned for: August 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108470131
    • dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Literary Contexts:
    1. Plath and the American poetry scene Jonathan Ellis
    2. The dominant trends in British poetry of the 1950s and early 1960s Eleanor Spencer
    3. Plath and the classics Holly Ranger
    4. Plath and the radio drama Andrew Walker
    5. 'Sincerely yours': Plath and The New Yorker Peter K. Steinberg
    Part II. Literary Technique and Influence:
    6. Plath in the context of Stevie Smith Noreen Masud
    7. Plath's whimsy Will May
    8. Sylvia Plath and you Tracy Brain
    9. Plath and the lyric Lucy Tunstall
    10. Plath and the pastoral Iain Twiddy
    Part III. Cultural Contexts:
    11. Plath and food Gerard Woodward
    12. Plath and fashion Rebecca C. Tuite
    13. Experimental bravery: Plath's poetry and auteur cinema Lynda Bundtzen
    14. Plath and television Nicola Presley
    15. Plath and art Jane Hedley
    Part IV. Sexual and Gender Contexts:
    16. 'Minor scandal': queer writing contexts for The Bell Jar Beatrice Hitchman
    17. 'Woman-haters were like gods': The Bell Jar and violence against women in 1950s America Kate Harding
    18. Sylvia Plath and the culture of hygiene Laura Perry
    Part V. Political and Religious Contexts:
    19. The Bell Jar, the Rosenbergs and the problem of the enemy within Robin Peel
    20. Religious contexts for Sylvia Plath's work Gail Crowther
    21. Plath and nature Richard Kerridge
    22. Plath and war Cornelia Pearsall
    Part VI. Biographical Contexts:
    23. Sylvia Plath's journals Sally Bayley
    24. Plath's teaching and the shaping of her work Amanda Golden
    25. Electroshock therapy and Plath's convulsive poetics Anita Helle
    26. Plath's scrapbooks Peter K. Steinberg
    27. Beyond letters home: Plath's unabridged correspondence Karen V. Kukil
    Part VII. Plath and Place:
    28. 'A certain minor light': Sylvia Plath in Brontë country Sarah Corbett
    29. Plath in London Elaine Feinstein
    30. Plath in Devon: growing words out of isolation Maeve O'Brien
    Part VIII. The Creative Afterlife:
    31. An alternative afterlife: Plath's experimental poetics Gareth Farmer
    32. British and American editions of Ariel and The Bell Jar Elena Rebollo-Cortés
    33. After Plath: the legacy of influence Fiona Sampson
    34. P(l)athography: Sylvia Plath and her biographers Heather Clark.

  • Editor

    Tracy Brain, Bath Spa University
    Tracy Brain is Reader in English Literature and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, where she runs the Ph.D. in Creative Writing programme. She is the author of The Other Sylvia Plath (2001) and co-editor of Representing Sylvia Plath (Cambridge, 2011). She has published numerous essays on Plath's work. Her interests are wide-ranging – from an essay on sewing in Jane Eyre to a book about pregnancy and birth in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century novel.

    Contributors

    Jonathan Ellis, Eleanor Spencer, Holly Ranger, Andrew Walker, Peter K. Steinberg, Noreen Masud, Will May, Tracy Brain, Lucy Tunstall, Iain Twiddy, Gerard Woodward, Rebecca C. Tuite, Lynda Bundtzen, Nicola Presley, Jane Hedley, Beatrice Hitchman, Kate Harding, Laura Perry, Robin Peel, Gail Crowther, Richard Kerridge, Cornelia Pearsall, Sally Bayley, Amanda Golden, Anita Helle, Karen V. Kukil, Sarah Corbett, Elaine Feinstein, Maeve O'Brien, Gareth Farmer, Elena Rebollo-Cortés, Fiona Sampson, Heather Clark

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