2022 MLA Sessions

Proposal for a session at the 2022 MLA Conference, sponsored by EDIS – The Emily Dickinson International Society

Session Title: The Many Languages of Emily Dickinson

Argument: Emily Dickinson’s use of the English language, fueled by her constant reading of her dictionary (her “Lexicon,” as she called it), opens virtually infinite avenues for interpretation.

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2021 Annual Meeting - Remote

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

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

Registration now available here.

Schedule now available here.

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. More details will be forthcoming in the next few weeks. The detailed annual meeting program is available here. Join us for an opportunity to discuss the connections between these two extraordinary writers this summer!

Judith Farr, scholar of Emily Dickinson and poet in her own right, dies at 85

Judith Farr, scholar of Emily Dickinson and poet in her own right, dies at 85

A beloved, much revered Dickinson scholar has flown. But through her scholarship, her poetry, her fiction, Judith Farr still lives and breathes. 

Click here to read her full Washington Post obituary.


We are happy to announce our next event in our #DickinsonLive series.
A reminder with the zoom link will be circulated a day or two beforehand.
Feel free to invite anyone interested. You can send them the link, or they can request it at mnoble@american.edu.

Speaker: Adalberto Müller
Date: June 4, 2PM EST.
Title: “From South of the Border: Dickinson Latina”

Abstract: In his article “Dickinson Latina,” Müller views Dickinson through the lenses of "foreignhood" and translation. He focuses on poems that involve Spanish and Portuguese words and worlds. Sometimes a small detail, like the cochineal in "A route of Evanescence" or a mention of the mines of Bolivia, opens up a global perspective that disseminates the poem’s circumference.

Adalberto Müller is an Assistant Professor of Literary Theory and Film Studies at Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niterói – Rio de Janeiro. He was a Visiting Scholar at Yale University in 2013, a Visiting Professor at Université de Lyon2/France, and a visiting scholar in Buffalo in 2018. He published Orson Welles: Banda de um Homem Só (Rio de Janeiro, Azougue, 2015), and “Orson Welles, Author of Don Quixote” (Cinema Journal, 2016), and he has recently translated the Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson in Portuguese.


Our next #DickinsonLive talk will take place on May 7th, at 2PM EST. Members will receive the zoom link the day before. Interested others are welcome. Write mnoble@american.edu for the link.

Title: "Emily Dickinson in the 21st Century: Black Lives Matter!” A reading of original poems from our conversation with Emily Dickinson, by Ivy Schweitzer and Al Salehi

Abstract: How could a woman from an elite Puritan family living in mid-19th-century Amherst possibly be relevant to today’s struggles over racial injustice, oppression, and politics? Compelled by the history of injustices that reached a breaking point in the summer of 2020, we set out in this project to explore Dickinson’s revolutionary poetic voice as it inspired and, surprisingly, echoed our own poetic meditations on the crucial national reckoning about race and justice. This project came about as Al Salehi, a graduate student in Dartmouth’s Liberal Studies program, explored Dickinson’s poetry with Professor Ivy Schweitzer. Inspired by Dickinson, Al produced a manuscript of poems on issues related to the #Blacklivesmatter movements. Ivy, then, composed poems in conversation with both Emily and Al. Their talk highlights the continuing relevance and inspiration of Dickinson’s poetry. They describe their collaboration and read several sections of the now completed manuscript.

Ivy Schweitzer is Professor of English and Creative Writing, and past chair of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Dartmouth College. Her fields are early American literature, American poetry, women’s literature, gender and cultural studies, and digital humanities. She is the editor of The Occom Circle, a digital edition of works by and about Samson Occom, an 18th century Mohegan Indian writer and activist, and co-producer of a full-length documentary film entitled It’s Criminal: A Tale of Prison and Privilege, based on the courses she co-teaches in and about jails. In 2018, she blogged weekly about the year 1862 in the creative life of Emily Dickinson, and recently co-edited a collection of essays in honor of the Occom Circle titled Afterlives of Indigenous Archives. She is currently collaborating on a poetry manuscript entitled “Emily Dickinson in the 21st Century: Black Lives Matter!”
Contact: Ivy.Schweitzer@Dartmouth.edu

Ali Abdolsalehi “Al Salehi” is an American of Persian descent. Ali earned his BA at UCLA and went on to specialize in Digital Library Technologies at Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the CEO of Glancing Interactive Solutions, a biotech company. In June 2021, he will earn his Masters in Liberal Studies with a focus on Creative Writing from Dartmouth College’s Guarini School of Graduate Studies. His thesis is a manuscript of original poems in dialogue with Emily Dickinson on issues related to #Blacklivesmatter movements. Ali has also authored several other full length poetry manuscripts, “The History of Light,” a prequel to “Enter Atlas,” which was a semi-finalist for the University of Wisconsin’s Brittingham & Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry, judged by Natasha Trethewey. Ali also plays the electric violin and enjoys making people laugh. He plans on pursuing an MFA or PhD in Creative Writing with a focus on poetry.
Contact: aasalehi@gmail.com


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