Fall 2007

Emily Dickinson

Listed in: English, as ENGL-95


Karen J. Sanchez-Eppler (Section 04)


"Experience is the Angled Road / Preferred against the Mind / By-Paradox-the Mind itself" Dickinson explained in one poem and in this course we will make use of the resources of the town of Amherst to play experience and mind off each other in our efforts to come to terms with her elusive poetry. The course will meet at the Emily Dickinson Museum, make use of Dickinson manuscripts at the Jones Library and the College archives, and set her work in the context of other nineteenth-century writers including Helen Hunt Jackson, Walt Whitman, Edgar Allan Poe, and Harriet Jacobs. As we explore how Dickinson's poetry responds to her world we will also ask how it can speak to our present. One major project of the course will be to develop exhibits and activities for the Emily Dickinson Museum that will help visitors engage with her poems. One class meeting per week. Limited to 12 students. Professor K. Sanchez-Eppler.