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Dickinson’s Fascicles: A Spectrum of Possibilities is the first collection of essays dedicated exclusively to re-examining Emily Dickinson’s fascicles, the extant forty hand-crafted manuscript “books” consisting of the roughly 814 poems crafted during the most productive period in Dickinson’s writing life (1858-1864). Why Dickinson carefully preserved the fascicles despite her meticulous destruction of many of her early manuscript drafts is the central question contributors to this volume seek to answer. The collection opens with a central portion of Sharon Cameron’s 1992 book that was the first to abandon the until-then popular search for a single unifying narrative to explain the fascicles, inaugurating a new era of fascicle scholarship. Eight prominent Dickinson scholars contribute essays to this volume and respond vigorously and variously to Cameron's argument, proposing, for instance, that the fascicles represent Dickinson's engagement with the world around her, particularly with the Civil War, and that they demonstrate her continued experimentation with poetic form. Dickinson’s Fascicles is edited by Paul Crumbley and Eleanor Elson Heginbotham. Other contributors include Paula Bernat Bennett, Martha Nell Smith, Domhnall Mitchell, Ellen Louise Hart, Melanie Hubbard, and Alexandra Socarides who assess what constitutes a vast final frontier in the Dickinson literary landscape. Susan Howe provides a coda.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction: "The Prism never held the Hues"
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. 1. Dickinson's Fascicles
  2. Sharon Cameron
  3. pp. 12-32
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  1. 2. The Word Made Flesh: Dickinson's Variants and the Life of Language
  2. Melanie Hubbard
  3. pp. 33-62
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  1. 3. Magical Transformations: "Necromancy Sweet," Texts, and Identity in Fascicle 8
  2. Eleanor Elson Heginbotham
  3. pp. 63-85
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  1. 4. The Precincts of Play: Fascicle 22
  2. Domhnall Mitchell
  3. pp. 86-105
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  1. 5. "Looking at Death, is Dying": Fascicle 16 in a Civil War Context
  2. Paula Bernat Bennett
  3. pp. 106-129
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  1. 6. Civil War(s) and Dickinson Manuscript Book Reconstructions, Deconstructed
  2. Martha Nell Smith
  3. pp. 130-149
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  1. 7. Managing Multiple Contexts: Dickinson, Genre, and the Circulation of Fascicle 1
  2. Alexandra Socarides
  3. pp. 150-168
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  1. 8. Manuscript Study, Fascicle Study: Appreciating Dickinson's Prosody
  2. Ellen Louise Hart
  3. pp. 169-190
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  1. 9. "This – was my finallest / Occasion –": Fascicle 40 and Dickinson's Aesthetic of Intrinsic Renown
  2. Paul Crumbley
  3. pp. 191-216
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  1. 10. Coda from My Emily Dickinson
  2. Susan Howe
  3. pp. 217-218
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 219-251
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 252-264
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 265-266
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  1. Index of First Lines
  2. pp. 267-272
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  1. Index to Letters
  2. p. 273
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  1. General Index
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  1. Back Cover
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