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|Title: ||“As Trade Had Suddenly Encroached”: Emily Dickinson, William Wordsworth and China|
Emily Dickinson;William Wordsworth;Asia;China;the other
|Issue Date: ||2016-07-13 14:01:16 (UTC+8)|
This paper examines Dickinson’s poetic engagement with Wordsworth with a particular focus on the role Asia, particularly China, plays in Dickinson’s transatlantic reception of Wordsworth. Dickinson’s awareness of the death of Wordsworth’s brother John in a lucrative opium trade with the East, and these two writers’ respective representations of the oppressed Asiatic and African other, offer a glimpse of their geo-poetic and geopolitical imagination across the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. The first part ofthe paper explores Dickinson’s implicit response to Wordsworth’s "Elegiac Stanzas" and his brother’s sea venture to the East in her letters and poem "A Light exists in Spring"(Fr962B). Dickinson’s Wordsworthian allusions in the poem reveal her profound observation of and engagement with the emotional complexity of Wordsworth’s "Elegiac Stanzas," especially his grief over the loss of his brother John in a shipwreck. The second part looks at Dickinson’s portrayal of the Asiatic other in "Civilization – spurns – the Leopard!" in relation to Wordsworth’s "Negro Woman" in "September 1st, 1802," to further explore Dickinson’s poetic involvement in a transglobal world of cultural production. Focusing on the displacement of the other in the two poems, I outline Dickinson’s acute sensitivity towards the role played by Asia in the transatlantic circle of literary exchange in the mid-nineteenth century.
|Relation: ||Cowrie:A Journal of Comparative Literature and Culture, Vol.1, No.1, pp.22-41|
|Data Type: ||article|
|Appears in Collections:||[風險管理與保險學系 ] 期刊論文|
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