Fall 2018

Emily Dickinson

Listed in: English, as ENGL-444

Moodle site: Course


Karen J. Sanchez-Eppler (Section 01)


“Experience is the Angled Road / Preferred against the Mind / By–Paradox–the Mind itself–” Emily 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 in the Dickinson Homestead, visit the Evergreens (her brother Austen’s house, and a veritable time capsule), make use of Dickinson manuscripts in the Amherst College archives, and set her work in the context of other nineteenth-century writers such as Helen Hunt Jackson, Walt Whitman, Edgar Allan Poe, and Harriet Jacobs. But 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 Homestead that will help visitors engage with her poems.

Open to juniors and seniors. Limited to 12 students. Fall semester. Professor K. Sánchez-Eppler.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to English majors.


Attention to Research, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Community Based Learning


2020-21: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012, Fall 2018