Elizabeth Bishop's Work of Fire

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This critical reassessment of Elizabeth Bishop’s “At the Fishhouses” (1947) focuses specifically on the poem’s interweaving of fire and water imagery with questions of history and selfhood, and engages works by Feuerbach, Emerson, Bachelard and Blanchot alongside Bishop’s drafts and other key materials held in the Vassar College archive.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2020


  • Elizabeth Bishop
  • Gaston Bachelard
  • Emmanuel Levinas
  • Maurice Blanchot
  • alchemy
  • fire
  • poetry


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