01 July 2012

Plath Profiles 5 is Published

Plath Profiles 5, Summer 2012, is now live. The contents of the issue are as follows:

Click here to download the complete volume (17.8 MB)

Front Matter
Cover, Table of Contents, etc.


Editor's Note by Peter K. Steinberg


These Ghostly Archives 4: Looking for New England by Gail Crowther and Peter K. Steinberg

Burning Free: Sylvia Plath's Summer 1962 Bonfires and the Strange Case of the Surviving Christmas Card by Bridget Anna Lowe

After Ariel: An Argument for Sylvia Plath's Phantom Third Poetry Collection by Anna Journey

Textual Variations in The Bell Jar Publications by Peter K. Steinberg

Re-living Sylvia Plath: The Poetess, the Myth, the American by Stephanie Tsank

Sleeping Beauty Awake: Sylvia Plath through the Looking-Glass by Jessica McCort

Keeping its Feet: The Drama of "Nick and the Candlestick" - for the Fifth Anniversary of Plath Profiles by Seph Rodney

Sylvia Plath's Poetry: The Metamorphoses of the Poetic Self

God's Lioness and God's Negress: the Feminine and the Figure of the African-American in Plath by Jerome Murphy

Tangled up in Blue: Sylvia Plath's Use of Dantean Structure by Laura Ché rau

As We Like It: Ariel's Forewords, Plath, and Hughes Pay a Mystic Debt to the Bard by Julia Gordon-Bramer

Sylvia Visiting Mila: Slovak Translation and Reception of Plath's Poetry: A Brief Preview by Ivana Hostová

Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes: Layers of Literary Collaboration and the Perpetuation of the Poetic Voice by Natalie Chambers

I Have a Self to Recover: Sylvia Plath and the Literary Success of the Failed Suicide by Clare Emily Clifford

The Parallax Between Daughters and Fathers by Susan E. Schwartz, Ph.D.

To Be Playing to the Gallery of Oneself Alone: The Motif of Enclosure after WW II in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar and Some Selected Poems by Azadeh Feridounpour

The Autobiographical Voice in Sylvia Plath's "Mirror" and in the Indian Poet Kamala Das' Poem "An Introduction": A Comparative Study by Akhtar Jamal Khan and Bibhudutt Dash

Endangered Subjects: The First-person Narrator in Sylvia Plath's Hospital Poems "Waking in Winter," "Tulips," and "Three Women" by Adrianne Kalfopoulou

Father, the Surgeon: The Representation of Father as the Source of Fear and Self-doubt in Sylvia Plath's Ariel, a Psychoanalytical Feminist Reading by Sahar Nejati Karimabad

Plath's Ariel: Death of the Body, Rebirth of the Soul by Samantha Miller

Lady Lazarus in Gothic Gauze; Genre and Gender by Catherine Leigh Reeves

How does the use of the Holocaust as a metaphor in "Daddy" and "Lady Lazarus" Sylvia Plath compare in her development of the definition of self-identity? by Megan Cattel

Poetry & Creative Prose

Sylvia Plath: The Complete Pink by David Trinidad

In the Lilly Library Reading Room by Christine Walde

Shopping for Shades with Sylvia Plath by Helen Decker

Five Poems by Teresa Laye

Alphabet for the Muse, A-Z by Adrianne Kalfopoulou

The Magic Mirror: A Cento by Anne Gorrick

In the Bathtub with Esther Greenwood by Betsabe Gomez

A Contrast by Erika Mikkalo

Confessional Poem (For Sylvia Plath) by Smita Agarwal

A New Script for Sylvia by Dana Curtis

Riddle, Two Years Later by Beth Ann Fennelly

Childs Park, Northampton, Massachusetts by Thomas Howard

Two Poems and an Art Piece by j/j hastain

Her Children by Jennifer Jean

I don't know what the truth is by Katherine McCord

Sand Shiner by Kevin McLellan

Sylvia Plath's Ted by Philip C. Kolin

to the merry muses of america, with gratitude by Lindsey Parnell

Dear Moon by Laura Ferris

Two Poems by Bradley Shewaga


Three Poems into Estonian by Elena Ciobanu

The Bee Poems into Portuguese by Maria Rita Viana


The Story of Ariel in Painting by Kristina Zimbakova


Review of Tracy Brain and Sally Bayley's Representing Sylvia Plath by Heather Clark

Sylvia Plath's Presence in Recent Ted Hughes Publications by Amanda Golden

Review of Heather Clark, The Grief of Influence: Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes by Diann Blakely


Poet and Critic: The Letters of Ted Hughes and Keith Sagar

Representing Sylvia Plath



Anonymous said...

Christmas has come early. Thanks Peter and contributors - looks like another superlative work. Cath Morgan

Peter K Steinberg said...

Cath! Nice to hear from you. You are most welcome. Merry Plathmas.


Julia Gordon-Bramer said...

Hooray! It will be a wonderful way to spend this 108 degree weather in St. Louis!

Julia Gordon-Bramer said...

A quick return to say what fun! I loved seeing the pictures and reading through the article by you and Gail Crowther, Peter. It was especially moving to see Plath's hand-painted cradle and basket.

I have not been through all the papers yet, but the poetry is great. I especially loved Trinidad's and Gorrick's creative rearrangements, and Kalfopoulou's piece.

Marion McCready said...

Hi Peter, I'm enjoying reading through the journal and just wanted to say how much I loved the article by youself and Gail Crowther. The interlacing of both 'stories' worked brilliantly, a really enjoyable and enlightening read!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Peter! I'm also looking forward to reading it soon. ~VC

Julia Gordon-Bramer said...

Just wanted to add as my momentum keeps going that Lowe's Bonfire piece is excellent. We tend (or at least I do) to go right to "Burning the Letters" in the mind, and forget that there were THREE bonfires. This Christmas card is so fascinating, and I have my own ideas about it (linked to the photo-image value and some things Ted has said about photos in the Hughes Letters books). I like Lowe's writing voice a great deal, too.

Peter K Steinberg said...

Thank you Julia, Julio, Marion & ~VC for your comments on Plath Profiles 5.

Marion, glad that you are enjoying my piece with Gail. The series of articles has been really fun and educational to write; to know that the narrative works is really wonderful!

Julia, I'm sure Bridget will be thrilled to know that you like her essay so much!


Julia Gordon-Bramer said...

Peter! I just got to your textual variations piece! Incredible! I am enraged! Only British versions of The Bell Jar for me from now on...

Peter K Steinberg said...

Julia, Brilliant! That was kind of the point of my paper, among other things I guess. But, make sure you get the earliest possible edition. Someday soon I hope to compare my 1963 photocopy (wish it was the "real" thing) with the early British editions.


Julia Gordon-Bramer said...

My edition appears to be a 20th USA printing, 1976. Much corrupted, I presume. Alas! Nothing is affordable pre-1971, it seems. This makes your work all the more invaluable, Peter.

Peter K Steinberg said...

Julia! I do imagine your copy is indeed corrupted.

If you do an advanced search on ABEBooks with the following criteria you will find some great options for copies of The Bell Jarpublished by Faber.

author: Sylvia Plath
title: The Bell Jar
publisher: Faber
pub year: min: 1966 max: 1985

Please note, I chose 1985 arbitrarily. Some booksellers do not describe books too well, but ABE has a feature to "ask a bookseller a question" whereby you could verify publication details before you commit to purchasing.


Julia Gordon-Bramer said...

Thank you!

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angelictenderbutton said...

Thank you Peter, reading now. Hope you're well. Hi! From, Meredith :)

Julia Gordon-Bramer said...

Wow! The original, intended wording is absolutely new to me, as I am one who grew up on the corrupted version.

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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.