The first collection of critical essays on May Swenson and her
literary universe, Body My House initiates an academic
conversation about an unquestionably major poet of the middle and
late twentienth century. Between the 1950s and the 1980s, May
Swenson produced eleven volumes of poetry, received many major
awards, was elected chancellor of the Academy of American Poets,
and was acclaimed by writers in virtually every school of American
Essays here address the breadth of Swenson's literary corpus and
offer varied scholarly approaches to it. They reference Swenson
manuscripts---poems, letters, diaries, and other prose---some of
which have not been widely available before. Chapters focus on
Swenson's work as a nature writer; the literary and social contexts
of her writing; her national and international acclaim; her work as
a translator; associations with other poets and writers (Bishop,
Moore, and others); her creative process; and her profound
explorations of gender and sexuality. The first full volume of
scholarship on May Swenson, Body My House suggest an
ambitious agenda for further work.
Contributors include Mark Doty, Gudrun Grabher, Cynthia Hogue,
Suzann Juhasz, R.R. Knudson, Alicia Ostriker, Martha Nell Smith,
Michael Spooner, Paul Swenson, and Kirstin Hotelling Zona.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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