Monday, May 24, 2010

Emily Dickinson Research Trends

Yay for research, which feels like all I have been doing for the last few days. So I have been looking at the various ways in which Emily Dickinson is analyzed looking for how to compare it properly with video. As I have been doing so I have wondered if I should include the sublime into my paper, because I have seen it often in her poetry and in the criticism. However, I don’t want to trample on someone else’s toes, because I know that someone else is already writing on the digital sublime (you know who you are). However, I almost feel that the sublime is easier to capture or see in the video form, we can express in images what is almost impossible to express elsewhere.


  1. I know what you mean about fearing to tread on other people's toes. You make connections with their awesome ideas but don't want to steal their paper. I totally relate. Then again, even better ideas could be generated in the discussion. I feel myself overlapping into at least a few other topics our class is discussing, and it's tricky trying to stay relevant to one little niche when they all inter-relate.

    Hey, I just had an idea. Wouldn't it be cool if we could cite each other in our papers if we're breaching another person's subject? Then we could relate what they've said to the literary works we're individually discussing! I know we don't have ownership rights to our individual issues or anything - unofficial copyrights notwithstanding (ie. the Digital Hermaphrodite our classmate Becca is investigating). But still, I think it would be great to build on each other. Then again, our classmate Heather pointed out in her blog that she's simplifying her paper down to one issue to go into greater depth. I don't know. It could possibly work for the learning outcomes for the class.

    I think in your case you should do what you can do your best writing on, but I'm really not the one to be giving permission or anything - not that it's needed. But there is some etiquette involved. I'm just not sure what. I wonder what our professor thinks?

  2. Emily Dickinson and video...interesting! It started making me think what an Emily Dickinson poem would look like in video form. Lo and behold, her poems have been put into video form. I don't know if this will really help you that much with your research, but here's the poem "I Started Early-" put into video. How do you think it compares with actually reading the words on the page? Are the dashes captured? (I don't really think so) Would Emily be happy with the video?

    By the way, I think maybe James' idea of citing others in our ENGL 295 class is pretty interesting. And you'd have to talk to Katherine in the class about it, but I think it could be slightly interesting having some overlap. I'm sharing some with Becca in the class, and it's really helped me.