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This essay demonstrates that for American writers such as Emily Dickinson Shakespeare was not an oppressive or stifling British force, but an enabling, inspiring, and almost nurturing one; and that for women writers, in particular, his achievement of literary immortality while circumventing personal revelation was a feat they sought to replicate. Shakespeare, this essay argues, was Dickinson’s supreme literary model, and she absorbed his works into her life and writings, yet she also carefully differentiated her words from his to assert her identity as a fellow writer.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmily Dickinson in context
EditorsEliza Richards
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781107022744
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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NameLiterature in context
PublisherCambridge University Press


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