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The Unraveling Archive: Essays on Sylvia Plath

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“Up to the minute and also deeply historicized—each reading of Plath’s poems is grounded in and examines larger patterns in her work or in the cultural reception of her writing.”

—Susan Van Dyne, Smith College

“Anita Helle’s collection of largely new essays on Sylvia Plath updates the continuing process of the important evaluation of her many-faceted works. I especially like
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Paperback, 298 pages
Published August 31st 2007 by University of Michigan Press
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Diann Blakely
Our understanding of Sylvia Plath--an influence felt not only through my generation, whose mothers were born around the same time as she, i.e., 1932, but in the one following--has been greatly widened in recent years via *Birthday Letters*, Ted Hughes’ best-selling poetic chronicle of his life with Plath; the woefully underrated feature film *Sylvia*, with superb performances both by Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel Craig in the starring roles; the selling of Hughes’ papers to Emory University; and th ...more
Jamie
Apr 09, 2010 Jamie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone with a scholarly interest in Plath
Fabulous, fabulous book. This collection of essays evades the torturous limbo so much Plath criticism falls into and offers a fresh, deeply historicized, and engagingly smart glimpse into what Plath studies can be at its best. There's not a weak piece in here (though Middlebrook's essay is essentially lifted out of Her Husband, and I'd have liked to see something new from her); in fact, I'm having trouble recalling my favorites, because each essay brought something powerful to the table. There's ...more
Terry
Jan 10, 2008 Terry rated it really liked it
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Once again what few technology skills I possess are failing--I updated my review, but it didn't save. Erm...this book is purely for Plath fanatics. I did enjoy especially the essays about her audio archives, and, the influence visual culture had on her poetry. I especially liked how that particular essay pointed out how close Plath came to pursuing a life as a visual artist, not a poet. Minor quibble: several of the essays discuss photographs and artworks at length, but don't include any of the ...more
Carmelo Valone
Jul 03, 2015 Carmelo Valone rated it it was amazing
Say what you will, but this is a great collection of essays on Sylvia Plath.
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