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In a life full of chaos and travel, Elizabeth Bishop managed to preserve and even partially catalog, a large collection—more than 3,500 pages of drafts of poems and prose, notebooks, memorabilia, artwork, hundreds of letters to major poets and writers, and thousands of books—now housed at Vassar College. Informed by archival theory and practice, as well as a deep appreciation of Bishop’s poetics, the collection charts new territory for teaching and reading American poetry at the intersection of the institutional archive, literary study, the liberal arts college, and the digital humanities. The fifteen essays in this collection use this archive as a subject, and, for the first time, argue for the critical importance of working with and describing original documents in order to understand the relationship between this most archival of poets and her own archive. This collection features a unique set of interdisciplinary scholars, archivists, translators, and poets, who approach the archive collaboratively and from multiple perspectives. The contributions explore remarkable new acquisitions, such as Bishop’s letters to her psychoanalyst, one of the most detailed psychosexual memoirs of any twentieth century poet and the exuberant correspondence with her final partner, Alice Methfessel, an important series of queer love letters of the 20th century. Lever Press’s digital environment allows the contributors to present some of the visual experience of the archive, such as Bishop’s extraordinary “multi-medial” and “multimodal” notebooks, in order to reveal aspects of the poet’s complex composition process.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. List of Abbreviations
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  1. Member Institution Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
  2. Bethany Hicok
  3. pp. 1-14
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  1. Part I. The Queer Archive
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. 1. "Too Shy to Stop": Elizabeth Bishop and the Scene of Reading
  2. Heather Treseler
  3. pp. 17-44
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  1. 2. Elizabeth Bishop's Sanity: Childhood Trauma, Psychoanalysis, and Sentimentality
  2. Richard Flynn
  3. pp. 45-64
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  1. 3. Elizabeth Bishop's Perspectives on Marriage
  2. Jeffrey Westover
  3. pp. 65-80
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  1. 4. "Keeping Up a Silent Conversation": Recovering a Queer Bishop through Her Intimate Correspondence with Alice Methfessel
  2. Alyse Knorr
  3. pp. 81-98
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  1. 5. Dear Elizabeth, Dear May: Reappraising the Bishop/Swenson Correspondence
  2. David Hoak
  3. pp. 99-114
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  1. 6. Odd Job: Elizabeth Bishop’s “The Fairy Toll-Taker”
  2. John Emil Vincent
  3. pp. 115-128
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  1. Part II. Travels: Scale, Location, Architecture, Archive
  2. pp. 129-130
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  1. 7. Elizabeth Bishop and Race in the Archive
  2. Marvin Campbell
  3. pp. 131-150
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  1. 8. "I miss all that bright, detailed flatness": Elizabeth Bishop in Brevard
  2. Charla Allyn Hughes
  3. pp. 151-172
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  1. 9. "All the untidy activity": Travel & the Picturesque in Elizabeth Bishop’s Writings
  2. Yaël Schlick
  3. pp. 173-192
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  1. 10. The Burglar of the Tower of Babel: Elizabeth Bishop, Architecture, Translation, Archive
  2. Douglas Basford
  3. pp. 193-226
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  1. 11. Elizabeth Bishop's Geopoetics
  2. Sarah Giragosian
  3. pp. 227-246
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  1. Part III. The Work in Progress
  2. pp. 247-248
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  1. 12. The Archival Aviary: Elizabeth Bishop and Drama
  2. Andrew Walker
  3. pp. 249-264
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  1. 13. Archival Animals: Polyphonic Movement in Elizabeth Bishop’s Drafts
  2. Heather Bozant Witcher
  3. pp. 265-282
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  1. 14. "Huge Crowd Pleased by New Models": Elizabeth Bishop’s Cuttyhunk Notebook as Multimodal and Multimedia Artifact
  2. pp. 283-302
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  1. 15. The Matter of Elizabeth Bishop's Professionalism
  2. Claire Seiler
  3. pp. 303-318
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 319-330
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 331-334
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 335-336
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 337-356
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ISBN
9781643150123
Related ISBN(s)
9781643150116
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OCLC
1138888277
Launched on MUSE
2020-03-16
Language
English
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