Emily Dickinson, Photography, and the Poetics of Extinction

Thomas Nurmi

Montana State University

Tom Nurmi is Assistant Professor of English at Montana State University, where he is also affiliated with the Environmental Studies and Native American Studies programs. His essays have appeared in Leviathan (2016), Cartographies of Exile: A New Spatial Literacy (Routledge, 2016), and Journal of American Culture (2012). He is co-editor of the forthcoming anthology Melville Among the Philosophers (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017).


Nurmi, “Emily Dickinson, Photography.” Photographs of fossils, endangered animals, and “vanishing races” of indigenous peoples confront viewers with a paradox. On the one hand, these photographs are visual evidence of... [ view full abstract ]


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P37 » Thinking Extinction through the Nineteenth Century (10:15 - Friday, 23rd March, Enchantment A)

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