University at Buffalo professor Cristanne Miller, author of Reading in Time: Emily Dickinson in the Nineteenth Century,
published last month by the UMass Press, will read from her work and sign copies of the book on Friday, June 22 at 2 p.m. at the Amherst College Alumni House.
The event is free and open to the public.
In the book, Miller provides new information about Emily Dickinson in relation to 19th-century literary culture. Miller argues that Dickinson’s poetry is formally far closer to the verse of her day than generally imagined.
Miller presents Dickinson’s writing in relation to contemporary experiments with the lyric, the ballad and free verse, explores her responses to American Orientalism, presents the dramatic lyric as one of her preferred modes for responding to the Civil War, and gives us new ways to understand the patterns of her composition and practice of poetry.
Milleris Edward H. Butler Professor of Literature and chair of the department of English at the University at Buffalo. Her many books include Emily Dickinson: A Poet’s Grammar and The Emily Dickinson Handbook, which she co-edited. Miller is a member of the Emily Dickinson Museum board of governors.