21 August 2011

Representing Sylvia Plath Published

Cambridge University Press has published Representing Sylvia Plath, edited by Tracy Brain and Sally Bayley. The book is now available in the UK and will be available in the USA in September, though you may be able to order from CUP now...

To order the book through Cambridge University Press, click here. The retail price is £50.00, which is substantial but I suspect work every penny or pence. Other metadata include:
  • ISBN: 9781107006751
  • Publication date: August 2011
  • 264 pages
  • 22 b/w illus.
  • Dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.56 kg
The books contents include:
Introduction: 'Purdah' and the enigma of representation by Sally Bayley and Tracy Brain

Part I. Contexts:
1. 'Mailed into space': on Sylvia Plath's letters by Jonathan Ellis
2. 'The photographic chamber of the eye': Plath photography, and the post-confessional muse by Anita Helle
3. 'O the tangles of that old bed': fantasies of incest and the 'Daddy' narrative in Ariel by Lynda K. Bundtzen
4. Plath and torture: cultural contexts for Plath's imagery of the Holocaust by Steven Gould Axelrod

Part II. Poetics and Composition:
5. 'The trees of the mind are black, the light is blue': sublime encounters in Sylvia Plath's tree poems by Sally Bayley
6. Coming to terms with colour: Plath's visual aesthetic by Laure de Nervaux-Gavoty
7. Madonna (of the refrigerator): mapping Sylvia Plath's double in 'The Babysitters' drafts by Kathleen Connors
8. 'Procrustean identity': Sylvia Plath's women's magazine fiction by Luke Ferretter

Part III. Representation:
9. Confession, contrition, and concealment: evoking Plath in Ted Hughes's 'Howls and Whispers' by Lynda K. Bundtzen
10. Fictionalising Sylvia Plath by Tracy Brain
11. Primary representations: three artists respond to Sylvia Plath
Adolescent Plath – 'the girl who would be God' Suzie Hanna
Bodily imprints: a choreographic response to Sylvia Plath's Poppy Poems Kate Flatt (with Sally Bayley)
Stella Vine's peanut crunching Plath Sally Bayley

Looks good! 


Melanie Smith said...


Hopefully mine arrives this week.

Anonymous said...

Melanie, I agree with you. I'm anxious for my copy too, (go book depository!) This may be a book whose dust wrapper I do not keep. I might just make my own, like we did in high school or something, out of a a brown paper grocery bag. I'm sure the contents of the book are not as representative as the cover...


Kristina Zimbakova said...

As for the artistic value of the cover image, my stance corresponds to the one by Travis...

Anonymous said...

Agreed! Using this as a cover is insulting to Plath and her work.

Melanie Smith said...

It is here! Hurrah!

Peter K Steinberg said...

That's great Melanie. It seems people are mixed (not really) about the cover. Are you keeping the cover?! Does it look any better in person?

I'm anxious for my copy to arrive though many of the essays seem still kind of fresh in mind from when they were presented at Oxford...

Anonymous said...

The comments on the cover are interesting. Given that the book's title is Representing Sylvia Plath, I would think that putting such an image on the cover is not necessarily to endorse it. Any Plath representation, whether visual, literary or otherwise, will necessarily elicit divided opinions. To open up debate about this must be one of the book's central purposes. Love it or loathe it, I agree that the Vine painting is not something you can easily avert your eyes from, should you retain the cover.

Anonymous said...

The book is on sale at a good price through Barnes and Noble.

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Publications & Acknowledgements

  • BBC Four.A Poet's Guide to Britain: Sylvia Plath. London: BBC Four, 2009. (Acknowledged in)
  • Biography: Sylvia Plath. New York: A & E Television Networks, 2005. (Photographs used)
  • Connell, Elaine. Sylvia Plath: Killing the angel in the house. 2d ed. Hebden Bridge: Pennine Pens, 1998. (Acknowledged in)
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives 3." Plath Profiles 4. Summer 2011: 119-138.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives 4: Looking for New England." Plath Profiles 5. Summer 2012: 11-56.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives 5: Reanimating the Past." Plath Profiles 6. Summer 2013: 27-62.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives, Redux." Plath Profiles 3. Summer 2010: 232-246.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives." Plath Profiles 2. Summer 2009: 183-208.
  • Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath. Oxford: Fonthill, 2017.
  • Death Be Not Proud: The Graves of Poets. New York: Poets.org. (Photographs used)
  • Doel, Irralie, Lena Friesen and Peter K. Steinberg. "An Unacknowledged Publication by Sylvia Plath." Notes & Queries 56:3. September 2009: 428-430.
  • Elements of Literature, Third Course. Austin, Tex. : Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2009. (Photograph used)
  • Gill, Jo. "Sylvia Plath in the South West." University of Exeter Centre for South West Writing, 2008. (Photograph used)
  • Helle, Anita Plath. The Unraveling Archive: Essays on Sylvia Plath. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007. (Photographs used, acknowledged in)
  • Helle, Anita. "Lessons from the Archive: Sylvia Plath and the Politics of Memory". Feminist Studies 31:3. Fall 2005: 631-652.. (Acknowledged in)
  • Holden, Constance. "Sad Poets' Society." Science Magazine. 27 July 2008. (Photograph used)
  • Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women, Motion Picture. Directed by Rachel Talbot. Brookline (Mass.): Jewish Women's Archive, 2007. (Photograph used)
  • Plath, Sylvia, and Karen V. Kukil. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, 1950-1962. New York: Anchor Books, 2000. (Acknowledged in)
  • Plath, Sylvia, and Peter K. Steinberg and Karen V. Kukil (eds.). The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 1, 1940-1956. London: Faber, 2017. Forthcoming.
  • Plath, Sylvia. Glassklokken. Oslo: De norske Bokklubbene, 2004. (Photograph used on cover)
  • Reiff, Raychel Haugrud. Sylvia Plath: The Bell Jar and Poems (Writers and Their Works). Marshall Cavendish Children's Books, 2008.. (Images provided)
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "'A Fetish: Somehow': A Sylvia Plath Bookmark." Court Green 13. 2017.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "'I Should Be Loving This': Sylvia Plath's 'The Perfect Place' and The Bell Jar." Plath Profiles 1. Summer 2008: 253-262.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "'They Had to Call and Call': The Search for Sylvia Plath." Plath Profiles 3. Summer 2010: 106-132.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "A Perfectly Beautiful Time: Sylvia Plath at Camp Helen Storrow." Plath Profiles 4. Summer 2011: 149-166.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "Proof of Plath." Fine Books & Collections 9:2. Spring 2011: 11-12.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "Sylvia Plath." The Spoken Word: Sylvia Plath. London: British Library, 2010.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "Textual Variations in The Bell Jar Publications." Plath Profiles 5. Summer 2012.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "The Persistence of Plath." Fine Books & Collections. Autumn 2017: 24-29
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "This is a Celebration: A Festschrift for The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath." Plath Profiles 3 Supplement. Fall 2010: 3-14.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. "Writing Life" [Introduction]. Sylvia Plath in Devon: A Year's Turning. Stroud, Eng.: Fonthill Media, 2014.
  • Steinberg, Peter K. Sylvia Plath (Great Writers). Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2004.