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

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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
Author
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
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Guthrie, James R.
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS1541.Z5
LC item number
G885 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Dickinson, Emily
  • Dickinson, Emily
  • Dickinson, Emily
  • Dickinson, Emily
  • Law and literature
  • Law in literature
  • Law
  • Law and literature
  • Law in literature
  • Gesetz
  • Literatur
  • Interpretation
  • Juridik och litteratur
Label
A kiss from Thermopylae : Emily Dickinson and law, James R. Guthrie
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-233) and indexes
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: A climate of Law -- Delinquent palaces: Bankruptcy -- Nor here nor there: Equity -- Seals, signs, and rings: Contracts -- Lands with locks: Property -- Has all a codicil?: Estates and trusts -- Felonines, trials, and transcendental prisons: Crime and punishment -- A kiss from Thermopylae: The Rule of Law
Control code
880861081
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 256 pages
Isbn
9781625341129
Lccn
2014026027
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)880861081
Label
A kiss from Thermopylae : Emily Dickinson and law, James R. Guthrie
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-233) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: A climate of Law -- Delinquent palaces: Bankruptcy -- Nor here nor there: Equity -- Seals, signs, and rings: Contracts -- Lands with locks: Property -- Has all a codicil?: Estates and trusts -- Felonines, trials, and transcendental prisons: Crime and punishment -- A kiss from Thermopylae: The Rule of Law
Control code
880861081
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 256 pages
Isbn
9781625341129
Lccn
2014026027
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)880861081

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