Fall 2016

Emily Dickinson

Listed in: English, as ENGL-355


Karen J. Sanchez-Eppler (Section 01)


Emily Dickinson’s poetry is rich in what she called “illocality.”  Her writing characteristically dissolves images and refuses all specificity of place or event, and yet no writer is more intimately connected to a single particular place. Dickinson wrote almost all of her poems within this one house on Main Street in Amherst. We will have the extraordinary opportunity to read these poems here, to study both her individual life and her practices of literary expression in the place where she lived and wrote and with access to many of the artifacts and records of family and local history. We will study Dickinson’s biography, her poetic practices, and her historical context.  In exploring the social and political situation of her poetry we will pay particular attention to local materials and history. Most class meetings will be held in the Dickinson Homestead and coursework will include projects of use to the Dickinson Museum.

Limited to 12 students.  Fall semester.  Professor K. Sánchez-Eppler.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to English majors, and beyond that to those who still need to meet the major requirement for 300-level courses.


Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Research, Attention to Writing, Community Based Learning


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2016, Spring 2022