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A kiss from Thermopylae : Emily Dickinson and law, James R. Guthrie

Label
A kiss from Thermopylae : Emily Dickinson and law
Title
A kiss from Thermopylae
Title remainder
Emily Dickinson and law
Statement of responsibility
James R. Guthrie
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Born into a family of attorneys, Dickinson absorbed law at home. She employed legal terms and concepts regularly in her writings, and her metaphors grounded in law derive much of their expressive power from a comparatively sophisticated lay knowledge of the various legal and political issues that were roiling nineteenth-century America. Dickinson displays interest in such areas as criminal law, contracts, equity, property, estate law, and bankruptcy. She also held in high regard the role of law in resolving disputes and maintaining civic order. Toward the end of her life, Dickinson cited the Spartans' defense at Thermopylae as an object lesson demonstrating why societies should uphold the rule of law. Yet Dickinson was also capable of criticizing, even satirizing, law and lawyers. Her poetic personae inhabit various legal roles including those of jurymen, judges, and attorneys, and some poems simulate courtroom contests pitting the rights of individuals against the power of the state. She was keenly interested in legal matters pertaining to women, such as breach of promise, dower, and trusts. With her tone ranging from subservient to domineering, from reverential to ridiculing, Dickinson's writings reflect an abiding concern with philosophic and political principles underpinning the law, as well as an identification with the plight of individuals who dared confront authority. A Kiss from Thermopylae reveals a new dimension of Dickinson's writing and thinking, one indicating that she was thoroughly familiar with the legal community's idiomatic language, actively engaged with contemporary political and ethical questions, and skilled at deploying a poetic register ranging from high romanticism to low humor.--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
P@U
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Guthrie, James R.
Index
index present
Language note
English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dickinson, Emily
  • Dickinson, Emily
  • Dickinson, Emily
  • Law in literature
  • Law and literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Law
  • Law and literature
  • Law in literature
  • American Literature
  • English
  • Languages & Literatures
Label
A kiss from Thermopylae : Emily Dickinson and law, James R. Guthrie
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Seals, Signs, and Rings
  • Contracts
  • 4.
  • Lands with Locks
  • Property
  • 5.
  • Has All a Codicil?
  • Estates and Trusts
  • 6.
  • Felonies, Trials, and Transcendental Prisons
  • Machine generated contents note:
  • Crime and Punishment
  • 7.
  • Kiss from Thermopylae
  • Rule of Law
  • 1.
  • Delinquent Palaces
  • Bankruptcy
  • 2.
  • Nor Here nor There
  • Equity
  • 3.
Control code
ocn919384517
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781613763391
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt1cwmd86
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)919384517
Label
A kiss from Thermopylae : Emily Dickinson and law, James R. Guthrie
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Seals, Signs, and Rings
  • Contracts
  • 4.
  • Lands with Locks
  • Property
  • 5.
  • Has All a Codicil?
  • Estates and Trusts
  • 6.
  • Felonies, Trials, and Transcendental Prisons
  • Machine generated contents note:
  • Crime and Punishment
  • 7.
  • Kiss from Thermopylae
  • Rule of Law
  • 1.
  • Delinquent Palaces
  • Bankruptcy
  • 2.
  • Nor Here nor There
  • Equity
  • 3.
Control code
ocn919384517
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781613763391
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt1cwmd86
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)919384517

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