Faculty Mentor

Paul Lindholdt

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Primary Discipline of Presentation

English

Abstract

The following paper will explore the relationship between Emily Dickinson’s poetry, the circumstances of her life, and the historical context in which she lived to glean an understanding of how her mental health influenced her work. Selected poems by Dickinson will be reviewed and analyzed, along with a brief overview of nineteenth century attitudes towards female mental health with a particular emphasis on the medical diagnosis of female hysteria.

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On Emily Dickinson

The following paper will explore the relationship between Emily Dickinson’s poetry, the circumstances of her life, and the historical context in which she lived to glean an understanding of how her mental health influenced her work. Selected poems by Dickinson will be reviewed and analyzed, along with a brief overview of nineteenth century attitudes towards female mental health with a particular emphasis on the medical diagnosis of female hysteria.