Jeffs, William Patrick
January 2003
Feminism, Manhood & Homosexuality: Intersections in Psychoanalys;2003, p46
Book Chapter
Chapter Three of the book "Feminism, Manhood and Homosexuality: Intersections in Psychoanalysis and American Poetry" is presented. It analyzes the theme and the linguistic structure of the works of poet Emily Dickinson. Her writings contradicted social norms of language, literature and sexuality. Dickinson's poems exhibited both an enormously compressed use of language and syntax combined with an enormous but expansive range of themes and ideas. These included volcanoes, gulls, wild beasts, rape, death, power, madness, suicide, sexual passion and immortality. The linguistic structures of her poems upset standard subject-object relationships and standard rules regarding pronominal reference.


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