Abstract

This essay examines the restraint Elizabeth Bishop exerts over her readers. By limiting readers to the exterior of her memories, Bishop places them in the same untenable positions she was in as a child. Through careful withholding, Bishop maintains ownership over her autobiography and keeps her life’s stories infused with possibility—like pictures of tantalizing, foreign lands.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1456
Print ISSN
0162-4962
Pages
pp. 577-594
Launched on MUSE
2009-02-08
Open Access
No
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