Sylvia Plath in Context

Tracy Brain (Editor)


Sylvia Plath in Context brings together an exciting combination of established and emerging thinkers from a range of disciplines. The book reveals Plath's responses to the writers she reads, her interventions in the literary techniques and forms she encounters, and the wide range of cultural, personal, artistic, political, historical and geographical influences that shaped her work. Many of these essays confront the specific challenges for reading Sylvia Plath today. Others evaluate her legacy to the writers who followed her. Reaching well beyond any simple equation in which biographical cause results in literary effect, all of them argue for a body of work that emerges from Plath's deep involvement in the world she inhabits. Situating Plath's writing within a wide frame of references that reach beyond any single notion of self, this book will be a vital resource for students, scholars, instructors and researchers of Sylvia Plath.

Product Details

Cambridge University Press
Publish Date
October 03, 2019
7.18 X 1.13 X 8.99 inches | 1.6 pounds

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About the Author

Tracy Brain is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Bath Spa University. Her book, The Other Sylvia Plath, was published in 2001. She is the author of Dangerous Confessions: The Problem of Reading Sylvia Plath Biographically (2006), Sylvia Plath's Letters and Journals (2006) and Unstable Manuscripts: The Indeterminacy of the Plath Canon (2007). Her essay, 'Ted Hughes and Feminism', will appear in The Cambridge Companion to Ted Hughes (2011).