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Title Representing Sylvia Plath / edited by Sally Bayley and Tracy Brain
Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011
book jacket
 Euro-Am Studies Lib 2F  811.54 P6968zBa 2011    AVAILABLE  -  30500101439381
Descript xiv, 249 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note "Interest in Sylvia Plath continues to grow, as does the mythic status of her relationship with Ted Hughes, but Plath is a poet of enduring power in her own right. This book explores the many layers of her often unreliable and complex representations and the difficult relationship between the reader and her texts. The volume evaluates the historical, familial and cultural sources which Plath drew upon for material: from family photographs, letters and personal history to contemporary literary and cinematic holocaust texts. It examines Plath's creative processes: what she does with materials ranging from Romantic paintings to women's magazine fiction, how she transforms these in multiple drafts and the tools she uses to do this, including her use of colour. Finally the book investigates specific instances when Plath herself becomes the subject matter for other artists, writers, film makers and biographers"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-243) and index
Machine generated contents note: Introduction: 'Purdah' and the enigma of representation Sally Bayley and Tracy Brain; Part I. Contexts: 1. 'Mailed into space': on Sylvia Plath's letters Jonathan Ellis; 2. 'The photographic chamber of the eye': Plath photography, and the post-confessional muse Anita Helle; 3. 'O the tangles of that old bed': fantasies of incest and the 'Daddy' narrative in Ariel Lynda K. Bundtzen; 4. Plath and torture: cultural contexts for Plath's imagery of the Holocaust Steven Gould Axelrod; Part II. Poetics and Composition: 5. 'The trees of the mind are black, the light is blue': sublime encounters in Sylvia Plath's tree poems Sally Bayley; 6. Coming to terms with colour: Plath's visual aesthetic Laure de Nervaux-Gavoty; 7. Madonna (of the refrigerator): mapping Sylvia Plath's double in 'The Babysitters' drafts Kathleen Connors; 8. 'Procrustean identity': Sylvia Plath's women's magazine fiction Luke Ferretter; Part III. Representation: 9. Confession, contrition, and concealment: evoking Plath in Ted Hughes's 'Howls and Whispers' Lynda K. Bundtzen; 10. Fictionalising Sylvia Plath Tracy Brain; 11. Primary representations: three artists respond to Sylvia Plath; Adolescent Plath - 'the girl who would be God' Suzie Hanna; Bodily imprints: a choreographic response to Sylvia Plath's Poppy Poems Kate Flatt (with Sally Bayley); Stella Vine's peanut crunching Plath Sally Bayley; Bibliography; Index
Subject Plath, Sylvia -- Criticism and interpretation
Alt Author Bayley, Sally
Brain, Tracy
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