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NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN DICKINSON CRITICISM The ränge of yearly publications on Emily Dickinson has reached proportions which are well beyond the capacity of even the specialist, the more so, äs certain articles and doctoral theses are hard to come by. The following survey cannot therefore aim at completeness. What it does try to achieve is an evaluative selection (biographical and psychological studies excepted) which may help the scholar interested in the field to trace some of the main concerns of modern criticism since Anderson's pioneer study in 1960. The vicissitudes of Emily Dickinson's fame have been traced with great thoroughness by Klaus Lubbers, who surveys the history of reception from her first letter to Higginson in 1862 up to the year 1962. It is a sobering experience to find that most of the so-called new insights of the sixties and seventies are - at least in outline - already expressed in the classical studies of Aiken, Chase, Täte and Whicher. In an excellent bibliographical essay James Woodress evaluates academic criticism till 1969; he rightly maintains that Charles Anderson's Emily Dickinson's Poetry: Stairway of Surprise (1960) represents the best study so far. Anderson selects his own version among the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Anglia - Zeitschrift für englische Philologie de Gruyter

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