#Dickinson Live

Our next event in #DickinsonLive takes place Friday April 16th, 2 PM EST, via zoom. Members will receive the link; non-members may request it from Marianne Noble at mnoble@american.edu

Speaker: Antoine Cazé, Professeur des Universités, Universités de Paris

Title: “Before I got my eye put out: Emily Dickinson’s Eye Disease Seen from a Pathological Perspective”



Abstract: Cazé explores the links between Emily Dickinson’s poetry and the eye troubles of fall of 1863 to late 1865. The talk is not a psycho-biographical reading of her work. Rather, Cazé seeks to understand how visuality works in her poetry and how it gets expressed simultaneously in linguistic signs and medical symptoms—thus sketching a semiology of the visual, so to speak. We know that Dickinson chose to keep her poetic work largely secret, and that she lived a relatively secluded life. By these means, she shunned the gaze of others, thereby retaining control over this gaze. Cazé posits a continuum between Dickinson’s psychic structure, so far as we can understand it from her writing, and her medical symptoms. He first emphasizes the central part played by mental and physical distance in setting up that structure (note that he does not diagnose Dickinson’s mind—she cannot be a patient, cannot be psychoanalyzed); this distance is made particularly obvious by Dickinson’s reliance on letter writing, which shapes her self-image, or the image of herself she decides to give others. He links her eye disease to an economy of distance, factoring in that she had to be treated far from home during two long stays in Boston. He concludes by examining the tension between the visible and the invisible in several poems.

#DickinsonLive

Dear Members,

EDIS is launching an exciting new speaker series on Zoom: #DickinsonLive. It’s an outgrowth of the pandemic, but if people like it, we’ll continue it indefinitely.

Our speakers will be drawn from our members, many of whom are engaged in scholarship and creative work on Dickinson. The series will feature interesting new work and work-in-progress, and it will run around 45 minutes, with Q&A afterwards. The discussions will take place either on a Wednesday or Friday afternoon, via Zoom. The lecture will be recorded and posted on the EDIS website.

We are fortunate to be able to announce that our first speaker, Renée Bergland, Simmons University, will give a talk, “The Infinite Aurora,” on March 26 at 2:00 p.m. EST. Author of The National Uncanny and Maria Mitchell and the Sexing of Science, Renée’s current book project is about Dickinson, science, and magic. She looks forward to sharing part of her work in progress.






We hope this series will be an opportunity to connect with friends old and new during the pandemic, especially when other forms of connection are unavailable. In particular, we hope to take advantage of the internet to develop international friendships and networks.

Please consider joining us for this new and exciting event. We look forward to seeing you all and encourage you to spread the word among other readers of Dickinson.

Couldn’t make #DickinsonLive in real time on Fri. March 26th? Access Renée Bergland’s “The Infinite Aurora” by following this link.

Current EDIS members will receive the link prior to the event. Non-members who wish to attend should contact Marianne Noble at mnoble@american.edu.

In possibility,

Marianne Noble and Elizabeth Petrino

2021 Annual Meeting - Remote

**Postponed until 2021, New Dates: 6-7 August 2021**

“‘Stratford on Avon’ - accept us all!”— Dickinson and Shakespeare: 2021 Annual Meeting



Victoria Dickson, “The Poppy in the Cloud” Copyright 2016


In collaboration with the Emily Dickinson Museum, the 2021 EDIS Annual Meeting will be held 6-7 August 2021 remotely. This year’s focus is Dickinson’s great love of Shakespeare and this theme will shape a variety of synchronic and asynchronic scholarly panels, lectures, and workshops using Zoom and YouTube as platforms.


We will discuss aspects of Dickinson’s reading of or response to Shakespeare, and compare Dickinson’s and Shakespeare’s writings. We will consider Shakespeare’s place in Dickinson’s society and literary culture and how Dickinson’s contemporaries engaged with Shakespeare.


Highlights include a keynote lecture by Adeline Chevrier-Bosseau, seminar-discussions led by Páraic Finnerty and Martha Nell Smith, Shakespeare readings, special Shakespeare-related tours of the Dickinson Museum and an exhibit of watercolors by Victoria Dickson. Other entertainments will include folk music and a theatrical performance of Shakespearean scenes. More details will be forthcoming in the next few weeks. Join us for an opportunity to discuss the connections between these two extraordinary writers in Amherst this summer!

EDIS International Conference - Call for Papers

The 2022 Emily Dickinson International Society Conference in Seville

“Dickinson and Foreignhood”

Call for Papers





The Emily Dickinson International Society invites proposals for papers and panels at its international conference “Dickinson and Foreignhood,” scheduled at the College of Philology, University of Seville, Spain, from Tuesday, July 12, to Thursday, July 14, 2022. Because the academic calendar for 2021-2022 at the University of Seville is pending, conference dates will be confirmed in July 2021.

In “A South Wind – has a pathos” (c.1864), the poet refers to “much not understood – / The fairer – for the farness – / And for the foreignhood.” These lines represent the unknown as more beautiful when distant and unfamiliar, or foreign. The conference seeks to develop knowledge of how Dickinson understood the foreign, how she has been understood as foreign, and how foreign peoples have understood her.

The Program Committee welcomes all work on configurations of the foreign, broadly understood, in Dickinson’s writing, including:

  • Conceptions of the foreign (or what we might call otherness) in Dickinson’s culture and historical moment, including e.g., race, ethnicity, class, disability, gender, sexuality
  • Dickinson, geography, navigation, and foreign travel
  • Parts of Dickinson’s environment, culture, or identity that seemed foreign to her
  • Immigration, emigration, and exile
  • Dickinson’s reception abroad
  • Dickinson, foreign languages, and translation
  • Lyric alienation and the poetics of estrangement
  • Invasion, contagion, and infection as encounters with the foreign

All proposals engaging serious scholarship on Dickinson’s work will also be welcome. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words, along with a brief biography of 100 words maximum, to Jefferey Simons (dickinsoninseville@dfing.uhu.es) and to Cristanne Miller (ccmiller@buffalo.edu) before November 1, 2021. The conference Program Committee will respond to proposals by December 15, 2021.

For further information, please see the Web site of The Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS): http://www.emilydickinsoninternationalsociety.org/.

Member-at-Large election 2021

Member-at-Large election 2021:

The EDIS Board of Directors has agreed to run an election to fill one vacant Member-at-Large seat on the Board. The position of Member-at-Large is for a three-year term, which would begin in August 2021 and conclude in 2024. The Board usually meets once or twice a year and the Member-at-Large is expected to attend these meetings, either in person or remotely via Zoom.

Members-at-Large have the same responsibilities and opportunities for service to the organization that all EDIS Board members have, which include the following: becoming familiar with the Society’s bylaws; conducting Society business by serving on committees; reading the EDIS Bulletin and the Emily Dickinson Journal; following Board discussions on e-mail; attending Annual Meetings; checking the Society’s website for information and updates; staying current with Emily Dickinson Museum activities; writing for the Bulletin when needed; and, depending on location, sponsoring or participating in local activities focused on Emily Dickinson, and perhaps even starting a local chapter (if one does not already exist). An ongoing issue for EDIS is increasing membership, and Members-at-Large are asked to contribute to this goal by having their ears tuned to members’ preferences, interests, and concerns.

If you are interested in providing leadership for the Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS) and supporting its mission of promoting interest in Dickinson and her poetry, you are invited to submit your name for consideration for the position of Member-at-Large. Members are also invited to submit the names of those they think will serve well in this important capacity on the EDIS Board. Please send nominations or self-nominations and a short statement about how you or the person you are nominating would contribute to the Society to Páraic Finnerty (paraic.finnerty@port.ac.uk) by 20 February 2021. Páraic is Chair of the Nominations Committee, which will compile a list of candidates to present to the general membership for election to the Member-at-Large position. The election will take place in spring 2021, with the winner announced in summer 2021.

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