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Anne Sexton’s Photographic Self-Fashioning

Anita Helle

in This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780813062204
eISBN:
9780813051895
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062204.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

For many readers who have engaged Anne Sexton’s work, her play before the camera in photographs (both still and moving images) is inextricably linked to dynamics of woman’s looked-at-ness and to ... More


From the Podium to the Second Row: The Vanishing Feel of an Anne Sexton Reading

Christopher Grobe

in This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780813062204
eISBN:
9780813051895
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062204.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

“From the Podium to the Second Row” argues that Sexton’s readings deserve to be remembered as performance, at least in this more-than-theatrical sense, and (assured of this caveat) Sexton herself ... More


Introduction: Reassessing Anne Sexton

Amanda Golden

in This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780813062204
eISBN:
9780813051895
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062204.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Anne Sexton continues to fascinate readers. Her career is in need of a reassessment that considers the wide range of materials in her archive, her influence on contemporary poetry, and directions for ... More


The Poet Has Collapsed: Coming to Terms with Anne Sexton’s Late Poetics and Public Persona

Jeffery Conway

in This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780813062204
eISBN:
9780813051895
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062204.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

“The Poet Has Collapsed” is a sober assessment of Sexton’s later work, specifically the poems written after those included in Transformations. It examines three areas of concern: first, the overuse ... More


Reading, Voice, and Performance: “The Freak Show” Revisited

Victoria Van Hyning

in This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780813062204
eISBN:
9780813051895
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062204.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Anne Sexton delivered her last public reading at Goucher College, Baltimore, MD, on October 1, 1974, three days before she took her own life. The high quality, eighty-minute long performance was ... More


“Two Sweet Ladies”: Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath’s Friendship and Mutual Influence

David Trinidad

in This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780813062204
eISBN:
9780813051895
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062204.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

‘“Two Sweet Ladies”: Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath’s Friendship and Mutual Influence’ explores the friendship between Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton and their mutual influence on each other’s work. ... More


The Breath of a Poem: Confessional Print/Performance circa 1959

Christopher Grobe

in Art of Confession: The Performance of Self from Robert Lowell to Reality TV

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781479829170
eISBN:
9781479839599
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479829170.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

Today, we may know confessional poetry as a set of texts that are printed in books, but in its time it was also a performance genre. This chapter demonstrates how the performance of poems—in the ... More


Anne Sexton’s Institutional Voice

Kamran Javadizadeh

in This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780813062204
eISBN:
9780813051895
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062204.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

“Anne Sexton’s Institutional Voice” offers a critique and revisionary account of the breakthrough narrative, with Anne Sexton serving as its central example. If a crucial aspect of the breakthrough ... More


This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton

Amanda Golden (ed.)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780813062204
eISBN:
9780813051895
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062204.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

For Anne Sexton, becoming a successful poet meant skillfully approaching various forms of media and developing strategies for teaching, critiquing poems, delivering poetry readings, and giving ... More


“The Speaker in This Case”: Anne Sexton as Tale-Teller in Transformations

Jeanne Marie Beaumont

in This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780813062204
eISBN:
9780813051895
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062204.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Transformations brings together several currents of Anne Sexton’s themes and methods and can be read as both a masked autobiography and transitional or gateway work from her mid to late poetry. This ... More


Are We Fake?: Images of Anne Sexton, Twentieth-Century Woman/Poet

Kathleen Ossip

in This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780813062204
eISBN:
9780813051895
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062204.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

With a mixture of talent, naiveté, and marketing smarts, Anne Sexton created lasting images of glamour, genius, insouciance, and self-destruction that defined the late-twentieth century woman, poet, ... More


Living and Dying: Anne Sexton 1966

George Cotkin

in Feast of Excess: A Cultural History of the New Sensibility

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2015
ISBN:
9780190218478
eISBN:
9780190218508
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190218478.003.0017
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century, Cultural History

Anne Sexton’s book of poetry Live or Die would win her the Pulitzer Prize. It was a work in the confessional mode, dwelling on issues of madness, depression, and suicide—all exhibiting, however, ... More


Anne Sexton and the Wild Animal: An Exploration of the Bestiary Poems

Dorothea Lasky

in This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780813062204
eISBN:
9780813051895
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062204.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

“Anne Sexton and The Wild Animal” discusses the bestiary poems from Anne Sexton’s 45 Mercy Street in the context of the book as a whole. It also investigates the idea of a feral, metaphysical “I” in ... More


“The house / of herself”: Reading Place and Space in the Poetry of Anne Sexton

Jo Gill

in This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780813062204
eISBN:
9780813051895
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062204.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

‘“The house/ of herself”: Reading Place and Space in the Poetry of Anne Sexton’ offers a reading of Anne Sexton’s poetry and prose (including short stories, unpublished lecture notes and ... More


Interlude: Feminist Confessions, 1959–1974

Christopher Grobe

in Art of Confession: The Performance of Self from Robert Lowell to Reality TV

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781479829170
eISBN:
9781479839599
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479829170.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

When second-wave feminism spread across America in the 1970s, it left some women with an acute identity crisis. How did their new, liberated self relate to the one they had left behind? Comparing two ... More


Interlude: Broadcast Intimacy; or Confession Goes on Tour

Christopher Grobe

in Art of Confession: The Performance of Self from Robert Lowell to Reality TV

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781479829170
eISBN:
9781479839599
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479829170.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

Confessional performers may seem on intimate terms with their audience, but this relationship can often, in fact, be complicated or thorny. In part, this is because true intimacy is impossible under ... More


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