The Art of Synthetising Life and Literature: Critical and Theoretical Attempts at Understanding Sylvia Plath’s Poetics
In a paper titled “The Art of Synthetising Life and Literature: Critical and Theoretical Attempts at Understanding Sylvia Plath’s Poetics,” my intention is to concentrate on the comparative analysis of critical and theoretical models that structure the basis of a critical corpus about Sylvia Plath, an American poet. In the interpretation of analytical results my focus will be on 1. the most representative individual texts and studies that have been published about Plath, 2. their systematization and description, 3) their classification according to the orientation, being it modernist or anti-modernist, and, finally, 4. drawing a consclusion about dominant literary-theoretical interpretative models in general, following the critical and theoretical microcosmos that, since early sixties, has been constituted about Plath’s poetic and prose writing (basically psychoanalytical critical model, feminist, structuralist and poststructuralist). In the introductory part of the paper, my intention is to review briefly the literary context of her time or, in other words, to describe a map of American poetic tradition of that time succintly, with the special emphasis on confessional poetry and its basic postulates.
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