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Elizabeth Bishop's Poetry

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At the center of this course will be The Complete Poems of Elizabeth Bishop, but we will also touch upon the work of her mentor, Marianne Moore; her lifelong friend, Robert Lowell; and several other Bishop?s contemporaries. Poetry will be supplemented with critical articles about the authors.


Axelrod, Steven Gould. ?Elizabeth Bishop: Nova Scotia in Brazil.? Papers on Language and Literature 37.3 (Summer 2001).

Bishop, Elizabeth. The Complete Poems. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1984.

-----. One Art. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1994.

Caesar, Terry. ??So That?s the Flag?: The Representation of Brazil and the Politics of Nation in American Literature.? Criticism 41.3 (Summer 1999).

Costello, Bonnie. ?Elizabeth Bishop?s Impersonal Personal.? American Literary History 15.2 (Summer 2003).

-----. ?Marianne Moore and Elizabeth Bishop: Friendship and Influence.? Twentieth Century Literature 30.2/3 (Autumn 1984).

Doreski, C.K. ?Elizabeth Bishop: Author(ity) and the Rhetoric of (Un)naming. Literary Review 35.3 (Spring 1992).

-----. ?Proustian Closure in Wallace Stevens?s ?The Rock? and Elizabeth Bishop?s Geography III.? Twentieth Century Literature 44.1 (Spring 1998).

Edenfield, Olivia Carr. ?Ashbery?s Untitled.? The Explicator 56.1 (Fall 1997).

Fast, Robin Riley. ?Moore, Bishop, and Oliver: Thinking Back, Re-Seeing the Sea.? Twentieth Century Literature 39.3 (Fall 1993).

Ferry, Anne. ?The Anthologizing of Elizabeth Bishop.? Raritan 19.3 (Winter 2000).

Gilbert, Roger. ?Framing Water: Historical Knowledge in Elizabeth Bishop and Adrienne Rich.? Twentieth Century Literature 43.2 (Summer 1997).

Goldensohn, Lorrie. ?Robert Lowell?s ?Dropping South: Brazil.?? Salmagundi 141/142 (Winter 2004).

Lombardi, Marilyn May. ?The Closet of Breath.? Twentieth Century Literature 38.2 (Summer 1992).

Millier, Bret C. ?The Prodigal: Elizabeth Bishop and Alcohol.? Contemporary Literature 39.1 (Spring 1998).

Palattella, John. ??That Sense of Constant Re-Adjustment?: The Great Depression and the Provisional Politics of Elizabeth Bishop?s ?North and South.?? Contemporary Literature 34.1 (Spring 1993).

Schwartz, Lloyd. ?Lowell?s ?Skunk Hour? and Bishop?s ?The Armadillo.?? Salmagundi 141/142 (Winter 2004).

Schweizer, Harold. ?With Sabbath Eyes: The Particular and the Claims of History in Elizabeth Bishop?s ?Poem.?? Journal of Modern Literature 28.2 (Winter 2005).


Active class participation, one final paper (3000-4000 words)