Who's Afraid of Susan Dickinson?

Martha Nell Smith

University of Maryland

Martha Nell Smith, a C19 Advisory Board member, is Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland, as well as Founding Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. She has made crucial contributions to Dickinson Studies, both as Executive Director and Coordinator of the Dickinson Electronic Archives, and with publications including Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson's Intimate Letters to Susan Dickinson (1998), Comic Power in Emily Dickinson (1993), Rowing in Eden: Rereading Emily Dickinson (1992), Blackwell's Companion to Emily Dickinson (2008), and Dickinson, A User’s Guide (Wiley 2018). She is at work on a biography of Susan Dickinson.


Biographies delimit the range of what relationships and writing conditions are imaginable for a writer. In “Who’s Afraid of Susan Dickinson?,” Martha Nell Smith asks a deceptively simple question: How does one... [ view full abstract ]


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P57 » Atmospheric Conditions: Biography and its Contexts (15:45 - Friday, 23rd March, Enchantment F)

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