2012 Programs

Reading in Time cover

Friday, June 22, 2012
Reading in Time:  Emily Dickinson in the Nineteenth Century
A Reading and Booksigning for a new book by Cristanne Miller

Time:  2 pm
Location:  Amherst College Alumni House
Fee:  No

Join us for a celebration of Reading in Time:  Emily Dickinson in the Nineteenth Century by Dickinson scholar Cristanne Miller.  The book, published by the University of Massachusetts Press, will be released in May.  Miller will talk about her impetus for writing the book and will share a brief excerpt.   A reception and book-signing will follow.

As the U Mass Press describes, "this book provides new information about Emily Dickinson as a writer and new ways of situating this poet in relation to nineteenth-century literary culture, examining how we read her poetry and how she was reading the poetry of her own day. Cristanne Miller argues both that Dickinson’s poetry is formally far closer to the verse of her day than generally imagined and that Dickinson wrote, circulated, and retained poems differently before and after 1865. Many current conceptions of Dickinson are based on her late poetic practice. Such conceptions, Miller contends, are inaccurate for the time when she wrote the great majority of her poems." 

Cristanne Miller is Edward H. Butler Professor of Literature and chair of the Department of English at the University of Buffalo. Her many books include Emily Dickinson: A Poet’s Grammar and The Emily Dickinson Handbook, which she coedited. Miller is a member of the Emily Dickinson Museum Board of Governors.