Whitman & Dickinson is the first collection to bring together original essays by European and North American scholars directly linking the poetry and ideas of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. The essays present intersections between these great figures across several fields of study, rehearsing well-established topics from new perspectives, opening entirely new areas of investigation, and providing new information about Whitman's and Dickinson's lives, work, and reception.
Essays included in this book cover the topics of mentoring influence on each poet, religion, the Civil War, phenomenology, the environment, humor, poetic structures of language, and Whitman's and Dickinson's twentieth- and twenty-first-century reception-including prolonged engagement with Adrienne Rich's response to this "strange uncoupled couple" of poets who stand at the beginning of an American national poetic.
Contributors Include: Marina Camboni, Andrew Dorkin, Vincent Dussol, Betsy Erkkila, Ed Folsom, Christine Gerhardt, Jay Grossman, Jennifer Leader, Marianne Noble, Cecile Roudeau, Shira Wolosky.
Eric Athenot is professor of American literature at Universite Paris-Est Creteil. He translated the first-ever French translation of Whitman's 1855 Leaves of Grass.
Cristanne Miller is a SUNY distinguished professor and Edward H. Butler professor of literature at the University at Buffalo in New York. She has written extensively on Dickinson and edited Emily Dickinson's Poems: As She Preserved Them.