Emily Dickinson's Typic Mother From Personal Relationship To Spiritual Metaphor
Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in English
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.
English Language and Literature
© Barbara Radford-Kapp
Radford-Kapp, Barbara, "Emily Dickinson's Typic Mother From Personal Relationship To Spiritual Metaphor" (1992). MSU Graduate Theses. 989.