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Emerging from the Wreck: Adrienne Rich HUM 2213: British and American Literature II Spring 2013 Dr. Perdigao March 25, 2013.

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1 Emerging from the Wreck: Adrienne Rich HUM 2213: British and American Literature II Spring 2013 Dr. Perdigao March 25, 2013

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3 On the tradition Crisis for contemporary poets—third generation of twentieth-century American poets (Ginsberg, Bly, Rich)—that first generation were still part of the scene First generation as those born before 1900; between 1900 and 1920 as second; those born after 1920 as the third Adrienne Rich’s “When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision” (1972):

4 Adrienne Rich ( ) Parents Helen Jones and Arnold Rich; father a professor of pathology at Johns Hopkins University Rich grew up in Baltimore Educated at Radcliffe College First book of poems, A Change of World, which won Yale Younger Poets award, published with preface written by Auden Guggenheim fellowship in Europe; married Alfred Conrad, economics professor at Harvard Mother of three sons during 1950s, ideas of femininity during the time Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (1963), poems about confinement (Heath E 1677) Theme of stifling women’s voices as theme within her work

5 Adrienne Rich ( ) Feminine consciousness: “from self-analysis and individual accomplishment to lesbian/feminist activism and the collective shaping of a feminist vision of community that is perhaps strangely rooted in the Puritan ideal of the city on a hill” (Heath E 1677) Personal and political Influenced by open styles of Pound, Williams, Levertov, confessional mode of Lowell, Plath, Sexton, and Berryman 1974 National Book Award, 1986 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, 1997 Tanning Prize, 1999 Lannan Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award, two Guggenheim fellowships, MacArthur Fellowship

6 Adrienne Rich ( ) Diving into the Wreck: Poems (1973); An Atlas of the Difficult World: Poems (1991); Dark Fields of the Republic: Poems, (1995); Selected Poems (1996); Midnight Salvage: Poems, (1999); Fox: Poems, (2001); Selected Poems (2004); Telephone Ringing in the Labyrinth (2007)


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