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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.