Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2012

Journal or Book Title

John Neal and Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture

First Page

39

Last Page

56

Abstract

Dickinson wrote this enigmatic, single-sentence letter without commentary, but while she did not elaborate on her assertion, she seems conscious of how the idea of haunting emerges in artistic endeavors as well as in general perceptions of the nonhuman environment-here conceived of as a haunted house. To be sure, many of the American literary works that preceded Dickinson fall under the category of those that try "to be haunted." And these texts that strive to house the ethereal and uncanny comment on the ftrst part of her statement by presenting an imagined environment inhabited by spectral entities and marred by violence.

Comments

This is a chapter from John Neal and Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture (2012): 39. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Bucknell University Press

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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