Thesis Title

Emily Dickinson's Typic Mother From Personal Relationship To Spiritual Metaphor

Date of Graduation

Summer 1992

Degree

Master of Arts in English

Department

English

Committee Chair

Jane Hoogestraat

Subject Categories

English Language and Literature

Abstract

In her poetry Emily Dickinson portrays the female role in a unique way. Her mother images, in particular, reverse the accepted cultural norms and expand the mother into a heroic, even god-like figure. With the help of the existing body of scholarship on this topic, I have analyzed Dickinson's view of the mother from a feminist/psychoanalytic perspective. I have found that Dickinson uses nature, solitude and silence to create a mother metaphor which transcends women's subjugation and, instead, shows the strength of the female experience.

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© Barbara Radford-Kapp

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