"Syllable from Sound": Dickinson's Speakable and Unspeakable Syllables

Beth Staley

West Virginia University

Beth Staley is a PhD candidate at West Virginia University. She recently launched the Dickinson Soundscape Project to compare seasonal audiovisual recordings of sound at the Dickinson Homestead to inscriptions of sound in Dickinson’s texts. Her essays appear or are forthcoming in South Atlantic Review, Jacket, and the Dickinson Electronic Archive.


“Beth Staley, West Virginia UniversityIn nineteenth-century poetry, syllables were measures of meaning that brought the human, nonhuman, and nonliving world into vocal legibility. Dickinson acknowledged unspeakable syllables... [ view full abstract ]


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P63 » Approaches to Nineteenth-Century American Poetry & the Environment (08:30 - Saturday, 24th March, Enchantment B)

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