Experience and Faith

The Late-Romantic Imagination of Emily Dickinson

  • Authors
  • Richard¬†E.¬†Brantley

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Richard E. Brantley
    Pages 1-16
  3. Richard E. Brantley
    Pages 17-30
  4. Richard E. Brantley
    Pages 31-77
  5. Richard E. Brantley
    Pages 78-115
  6. Richard E. Brantley
    Pages 116-164
  7. Richard E. Brantley
    Pages 165-189
  8. Richard E. Brantley
    Pages 190-212
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 213-275

About this book


Emily Dickinson (1830-86) recasts British-Romantic themes of natural and spiritual perception for an American audience. Her poems of science and technology reflect her faith in experience. Her lyrics about natural history build on this empiricism and develop her commitment to natural religion. Her poems of revealed religion constitute her experience of faith. Thus Dickinson stands on the experiential common ground between empiricism and evangelicalism in Romantic Anglo-America. Her double perspective parallels the implicit androgyny of her nineteenth-century feminism. Her counterintuitive combination of natural models with spiritual metaphors champions immortality. The experience/faith dialectic of her Late-Romantic imagination forms the heart of her legacy.


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