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Locating Gender in Space: Emily Dickinson's Conception of Gender

English title Locating Gender in Space: Emily Dickinson's Conception of Gender
Applicant Caci Haag Ursula
Number 129049
Funding scheme Marie Heim-Voegtlin grants
Research institution Englisches Seminar Universität Basel
Institution of higher education University of Basel - BS
Main discipline German and English languages and literature
Start/End 01.02.2010 - 31.05.2012
Approved amount 146'656.00
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Discipline
German and English languages and literature
Social geography and ecology

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary
Emily Dickinson defines, locates, reshapes and forms new concepts of gender and her own identity as a woman in her poetry and letters. As Dickinson's poetry is characterized by her use of spatial language, I am especially interested in how she uses this language productively to escape patriarchal structures and the ways she creates new spaces to accommodate a different female identity than the one prescribed by her society and culture. My thesis is that Dickinson not only exaggerates and over fulfils the norms as expected of a woman and thus exploits and emphasizes them, but also reshapes the space ascribed to women and even goes beyond, locating female identity in a new territory. As Dickinson's spaces are abstract, strangely limitless and ambiguous in their dimensions, her new female subject has to reside in a paradoxical space.
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Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Reframing Gender, Reframing Critique 16.09.2011 Basel, Schweiz
"Were I Britain born" 06.08.2010 Oxford, UK


Awards

Title Year
EDIS Graduate Fellowship der Emily Dickinson International Society 2011

Abstract

Emily Dickinson defines, locates, reshapes and forms new concepts of gender and her own identity as a woman in her poetry and letters. As Dickinson's poetry is characterized by her use of spatial language, I am especially interested in how she uses this language productively to escape patriarchal structures and the ways she creates new spaces to accommodate a different female identity than the one prescribed by her society and culture. My thesis is that Dickinson not only exaggerates and over fulfils the norms as expected of a woman and thus exploits and emphasizes them, but also reshapes the space ascribed to women and even goes beyond, locating female identity in a new territory. As Dickinson's spaces are abstract, strangely limitless and ambiguous in their dimensions, her new female subject has to reside in a paradox space.
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