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Smith, Martha Nell 1953-

Works: 16 works in 74 publications in 1 language and 3,166 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Records and correspondence  Humor  History  Handbooks and manuals  Archives  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: PS1541.Z5, 811.4
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Most widely held works by Martha Nell Smith
Open me carefully : Emily Dickinson's intimate letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson by Emily Dickinson( Book )

7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,016 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compilation of selections from Emily Dickinson's 36-year correspondence to her neighbor and sister-in-law, Susan Huntington Dickinson, brings to light her key role in the poet's passion and inspiration, and as her primary reader and literary companion
Comic power in Emily Dickinson by Suzanne Juhasz( Book )

8 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this boldly revisionary work, three noted Dickinson scholars take issue with the traditional tragic image of the poet. Focusing on the comic elements in Dickinson's art from a feminist point of view, they show how Dickinson uses the comedic resources of language to contest all types of orthodoxy and to offer the possibility of transforming society. Following a jointly written chapter on "Comedy and Performance in Emily Dickinson's Poetry," each author takes up a different aspect of comedy in Dickinson's work. Suzanne Juhasz looks at teasing as a form of humor and criticism. Martha Nell Smith examines the cartoons (reproduced in this book) with which Dickinson illustrated some of her poems and letters and explores the way in which other poems present imagery in cartoon-like sequences. And Cristanne Miller delves into the humor of excess or grotesquerie which Dickinson uses to unhinge the reader's normalizing frames of reference and make space for a different perspective. These views introduce a new Emily Dickinson - playful, wry, witty, tough, bold, challenging, and successful. Comic Power in Emily Dickinson recovers a poet who questioned not only authority but also the structure of her society. It makes an important contribution to studies of women's humor and the relationship, between gender and authority
Rowing in Eden : rereading Emily Dickinson by Martha Nell Smith( Book )

9 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 721 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emily Dickinson wrote a "letter to the world" and left it lying in her drawer more than a century ago. This widely admired epistle was her poems, which were never conventionally published in book form during her lifetime. Since the posthumous discovery of her work, general readers and literary scholars alike have puzzled over this paradox of wanting to communicate widely and yet apparently refusing to publish. In this pathbreaking study, Martha Nell Smith unravels the paradox by boldly recasting two of the oldest and still most frequently asked questions about Emily Dickinson: Why didn't she publish more poems while she was alive? and Who was her most important contemporary audience? Regarding the question of publication, Smith urges a reconception of the act of publication itself. She argues that Dickinson did publish her work in letters and in forty manuscript books that circulated among a cultured network of correspondents, most important of whom was her sister-in-law, Susan Huntington Gilbert Dickinson. Rather than considering this material unpublished because unprinted, Smith views its alternative publication as a conscious strategy on the poet's part, a daring poetic experiment that also included Dickinson's unusual punctuation, line breaks, stanza divisions, calligraphic orthography, and bookmaking - all the characteristics that later editors tried to standardize or eliminate in preparing the poems for printing. Dickinson's relationship with her most important reader, Sue Dickinson, has also been lost or distorted by multiple levels of censorship, Smith finds. Emphasizing the poet-sustaining aspects of the passionate bonds between the two women, Smith shows that their relationship was both textual and sexual. Based on study of the actual holograph poems, Smith reveals the extent of Sue Dickinson's collaboration in the production of poems, most notably "Safe in Their Alabaster Chambers." This finding will surely challenge the popular conception of the isolated, withdrawn Emily Dickinson. Well-versed in poststructuralist, feminist, and new textual criticism, Rowing in Eden uncovers the process by which the conventional portrait of Emily Dickinson was drawn and offers readers a chance to go back to original letters and poems and look at the poet and her work through new eyes. It will be of great interest to a wide audience in literary and feminist studies
A companion to Emily Dickinson by Martha Nell Smith( Book )

26 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Companion to America's greatest woman poet showcases the diversity and excellence that characterize the thriving field of Dickinson studies. Covers biographical approaches of Dickinson, the historical, political and cultural contexts of her work, and its critical reception over the years. Considers issues relating to the different formats in which Dickinson's lyrics have been published -- manuscript, print, halftone and digital facsimile. Provides incisive interventions into current critical discussions, as well as opening up fresh areas of critical inquiry. Features new work being done in the critique of nineteenth-century American poetry generally, as well as new work being done in Dickinson studies. Designed to be used alongside the Dickinson Electronic Archives, an online resource
Dickinson electronic archives( )

in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A website devoted to the study of Emily Dickinson, her writing practices, writings directly influencing her work, and critical and creative writings generated by her work. Includes links to sites related to Dickinson
Emily Dickinson's correspondences : a born-digital textual inquiry by Emily Dickinson( )

in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Unpublished in book form during her lifetime, the poems of Emily Dickinson were nonetheless shared with those she trusted most--through her letters. This XML-based archive brings together seventy-four poems and letters from Emily's correspondence with her sister-in-law and primary confidante, Susan Dickinson. Each text is presented with a digitized scan of the holograph manuscript. These images have zoom functionality as well as a special light-box feature that allows users to view and compare constellations of related documents. Users may search by date, genre, manuscript features, and full text. Dating from the 1850s to the end of Dickinson's life, the work collected here shows all the characteristics of the poet's mature art."
Emily Dickinson : a user's guide by Martha Nell Smith( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dickinson Electronic Archives( )

in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The homepage of The Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS). This site is devoted to the study of Emily Dickinson, her writing practices, writings generated by her work, and writings directly influencing her work
"Rowing in Eden" : gender and the poetics of Emily Dickinson by Martha Nell Smith( )

4 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Turning inward, reaching out : poems by Martha Nell Smith( Book )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poet as cartoonist : pictures sewed to words by Martha Nell Smith( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Digital forensics : texting Emily Dickinson by Martha Nell Smith( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Martha Nell Smith explores Dickinson's sexuality and textuality, who is Dickinson's love object, Dickinson's relationship and correspondence with Susan Gilbert, and presents digital images of Dickinson's letters and letter-poems
Dickinson's poetry : a longman fluid text edition by Martha Nell Smith( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Predicting success in nurses' training by Martha Nell Smith( )

1 edition published in 1963 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Digital scholarship in the university tenure and promotion process by Scholarly Communication Symposium( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Landmark digital multimedia scholarship projects have existed since at least the mid-1990s --note the advent of George Mason University's Center for History and New Media--and the web is ubiquitous in higher education. Yet well over a decade on, the connection between promotion, tenure, or salary increases and digital scholarship is uncertain. In a long-awaited report in late 2006, the Modern Language Association said that we have reached 'a threshold moment' in digital scholarship and the promotion and tenure process, but left the challenge of change up to individual departments and institutions. Is there an understanding of what digital scholarship and its many facets entail? Is it the ability to win grants? Is it content provision to a project? Is it information architecture and visual design? Is it writing a software tool or designing a data structure that will underpin a project? Most digital scholarship projects are highly collaborative. Credit for digital scholarship has been defined by the criteria for traditional scholarship, but have criteria for an academic website been developed to the same degree that they have for an academic article?"--Press release
Dickinson electronic archives( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains a nice selection of her correspondence with friends and colleagues and a number of critical articles by contributors to the project, including the pieces "Emily Dickinson Writing a Poem" and "The Letter-Poem, A Dickinson Genre". A real highlight of the site is the Responses area, as visitors can browse through a section titled "Titanic Operas". The title for the section comes from Dickinson's famous response to her contemporary, Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Here visitors can read the responses of various well-known poets and authors (such as Joyce Carol Oates and Gwendolyn Brooks) to her works
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Open me carefully : Emily Dickinson's intimate letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson
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Martha Nell Smith American literary critic

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Nell Smith, Martha 1953-

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Rowing in Eden : rereading Emily DickinsonA companion to Emily DickinsonEmily Dickinson : a user's guide