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The Cambridge Introduction to Sylvia Plath Sylvia Plath is widely recognised as one of the leading figures in twentieth-century Anglo-American literature and culture. Her work has remained constantly in print in the UK and USA (and in numerous translated editions) since the appearance of her first collection in 1960. Plath’s own writing has been supplemented over the decades by a wealth of critical and biographical material. The Cambridge Introduction to Sylvia Plath offers an authoritative and comprehensive guide to Plath’s poetry, prose and autobiographical writings. It offers a critical overview of key readings, debates and issues from almost fifty years of Plath scholarship; draws attention to the historical, literary, national and gender contexts which provide the framework for her writing; and provides informed and attentive readings of her work. Accessibly written, this book will be of great value to students beginning their explorations of this important writer. Jo Gill is Lecturer in Twentieth-Century Literature at the University of Exeter.
The Cambridge Introduction to Sylvia Plath JO GILL
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS Cambridge, New York, Melbourne, Madrid, Cape Town, Singapore, São Paulo Cambridge University Press The Edinburgh Building, Cambridge CB2 8RU, UK First published in print format ISBN-13 978-0-521-86726-9 ISBN-13 978-0-521-68695-2 ISBN-13 978-0-511-42909-5 © Jo Gill 2008 2008 Information on this title: This publication is in copyright. Subject to statutory exception and to the provision of relevant collective licensing agreements, no reproduction of any part may take place without the written permission of Cambridge University Press. Cambridge University Press has no responsibility for the persistence or accuracy of urls for external or third-party internet websites referred to in this publication, and does not guarantee that any content on such websites is, or will remain, accurate or appropriate. Published in the United States of America by Cambridge University Press, New York paperback eBook (EBL) hardback
Contents Preface page ix Acknowledgements xi Abbreviations and textual note xii 1 Life 1 Family 1 Marriage 7 England 10 2 Contexts 14 Literary contexts 15 ‘Poetess of America’ 17 Confessional poetry 19 Historical and ideological contexts 21 World War II 22 Postwar cultures 24 Domesticity and the suburbs 26 England 28 3 Early poetry 29 Juvenilia and other early poems 30 English influences 33 The Colossus 35 Creativity and self-creation 40 Crossing the Water 43 Transformation and change 44 Displacement 49 v
vi Contents 4 Ariel and later poetry 51 Ariel 53 Echoes 53 The bee sequence, ‘Lady Lazarus’ and ‘Daddy’ 58 Ariel: The Restored Edition 64 Winter Trees and other late poems 66 Three Women 69 5 The Bell Jar and Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams 73 The Bell Jar 73 Narrative voice 78 The double 79 Subjectivity 83 Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams 84 Value 85 English stories 90 America 91 6 Letters Home and Journals 93 Letters Home 93 Rendering account 97 Leaving home 100

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