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Guthrie, James R.

James R. Guthrie
Professor of English
Department of English
Millett Hall
Wright State University
Dayton, Ohio 45435
(937) 775-2879


Emily Dickinson's Vision: Illness and Identity in Her Poetry. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1998.

"Near-Rhyme and Reason: Style and Personality in Emily Dickinson's Poetry." In Modern Language Association's Approaches to Teaching Emily Dickinson, 1989. 70-77.

"Law, Property, and Provincialism in Dickinson's Poems and Letters to Judge Otis Phillips Lord." The Emily Dickinson Journal. 5:1, 1996. 27-44.

"Dickinson's 'The Parasol is the umbrella's daughter.'" The Explicator. 1996: 2. 84-86.

"A Revolution in Locality: Astronomical Tropes in Emily Dickinson's Poetry." The Midwest Quarterly. 37:4, 1996. 365-82.

"Measuring the Sun: Emily Dickinson's Interpretation of her Optical Illness." ESQ (Emerson Society Quarterly). 1995: 3. 239-55.

"'Before I Got My Eye Put Out': Dickinson's Illness and Its Effects On Her Poetry." Emily Dickinson Bulletin, June 1982. 16-21.

"The Modest Poet's Tactic of Concealment and Surprise: Bird Symbolism in Emily Dickinson's Poetry." ESQ (Emerson Society Quarterly). 1981: 4th Quarter. 230-37.

Work in Progress

Book-length monograph about Thoreau and Emerson

Research Interests

The Transcendentalists
Poetic Technique
Interplay between 19th-Century science and religion
20th-Century Poetry
Technical Writing
Visual Arts