06 August 2010

Plath Profiles 3 Online Now!

Plath Profiles 3 is online now! Wahoo! This is one of our best issues ever! Certainly in the top 3.

The cover is a detail from Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes’ bedroom wallpaper from 3 Chalcot Square, London, 1960. See the whole swatch either in the Lilly Library (Plath mss. II, Box 6) or by reading “A Note About the Cover” in the issue. Here are the contents:

“Plath's Legacy for a Male Poet” by Peter Cooley

"’On the Quicksands of Ambivalence’: Irony in Sylvia Plath” by Maria Rita Drummond Viana

“Plath's Possession Aesthetic: Visual and Object Libido” by Tisha Nemeth-Loomis

“Through the Looking Glass: A Discussion of Doubling in Sylvia Plath's ‘Mirror’" by Cathleen Allyn Conway

“Similarities and Dissimilarities in the Poetry of Kamala Das and Sylvia Plath” by Nidhi Mehta

“Poetic Echoes of Sylvia Plath in the Poetry of Oriya Poet Ramakant Rath” by A. J. Khan and B. D. Dash

"’Through the Beautiful Red’: The Use of the Color Red as the Triple-Goddess in Sylvia Plath's
Ariel” by Allison Wilkins

“Sylvia Plath's Spell on
Ariel: Conjuring the Perfect Book of Poems Through Mysticism and Tarot” by Julia Gordon-Bramer

"’They Had to Call and Call’: The Search for Sylvia Plath” by Peter K. Steinberg

Lifting The Bell Jar: Essays on the Novel
“Alienation and Renewal in The Bell Jar” by Steven Axelrod

“The Female Predicament in
The Bell Jar and St. Mawr” by Andru Lugo

The Bell Jar: A Psychological Case Study” by Stephanie Tsank

Special Features
“A Poem, A Friend: by Gail Crowther with Elizabeth Sigmund

from “
Birthday Letters: Annotations and Commentary” by Kara Kilfoil

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

“Baking for Sylvia” by Kate Moses

Sylvia Plath and Material Culture, Guest Edited by Amanda Golden

“Sylvia Plath and Material Culture” by Amanda Golden

“These Ghostly Archives, Redux” by Gail Crowther & Peter K. Steinberg

“Medusa/Melusina: The Magic Mirror of Sylvia Plath's ‘Medusa’" by Nephie Christodoulides

“Early Public Representations of Sylvia Plath: An Analysis of the Sylvia Plath Issue of
The Review” by Gina Hodnik

“Sylvia Plath and Edvard Munch: Mindscape of Chagrin” by Hong Zeng

“Talking Body Parts and Missing Commodities: Cinematic Complexes and Sylvia Plath” by Vindu Aggarwal

Three Poems by David Trinidad

Three Poems by Christine Walde

Two Poems by Peter Cooley

Five Poems by Raymond Luczak

“Sylvia” by Barbara Crooker

Two Poems by Sarah Nichols

Six Poems by Hong Zeng

“Methodology” by Erika Mikkalo

Five Poems by Teresa Laye

“Sylvia” by Allison Wilkins

“Bee Reflections” by Stacy Smith

“A Note for Sylvia Plath (9 Willow Street Revisited)” by Dale A. Edmands

“After Plath” by Christi Concus

“Daddy” by Smita Agarwal

“Daddy” by Kristina Zimbakova

“Ariel” by Kristina Zimbakova

“O Detective” by Maria Rita Drummond Viana

Five Sympathies by

Gaze or Something by W. K. Buckley

Note to the Editor by Celia

On Sylvia Plath: A Response to Celia by Steven Axelrod

A Note About the Cover by Peter K. Steinberg

Review of Elena Ciobanu, Sylvia Plath's Poetry: The Metamorphoses of the Poetic Self by Luke Ferretter

Read Plath Profiles 3 now
We are in talks to see if Lindsay Lohan will guest edit a supplemental issue of Plath Profiles...


Anonymous said...

Yay! So happy - and kudos! But I'm afraid you'll have to wait until Lindsay is out of re-hab...in the meantime, perhaps Amy Winehouse will do? xo kim

Al said...

At last! Congrats to everyone involved in the making of Plath Profiles. Looking forward to read all...380 pages or so!

Now for the more _important_ matters...
Perhaps Lindsay Lohan and Amy Winehouse could collaborate under the tutelage of executive editor Lady Gaga, or as she will come to be known in the publishing industry, El Gee.

sarah said...

I'm so excited to read this! I also just received my copy of "The Spoken Word" in the mail. I loved your introduction!

Also, "El Gee" hahaha!

Julia said...


Kristina Zimbakova said...

Peter, when you tried to send PP3 to Lohan in prison it was returned (most likely the contents was deemed to be detrimental to the morality and high spirits of the environs) but now that she is a free girl, I can see she has finally been allowed the treat she deserves. Oh I dream of Vanity Fair or Tatler becoming interested in this staggering photo.

Melanie Smith said...

Fabulous... so exciting Peter... off to get my copy...

Peter K Steinberg said...

Thanks everyone for your enthusiasm!!! I hadn't remembered Amy Winehouse. I'm going into Plath rehab for a week or so...


PS: Full disclosure, the image was executed by my brother. I sent him the pieces, but he's the Photo-chop wiz...

Marion McCready said...

What an excellent issue, some really good poetry as well!!

P.Viktor said...

Excellent work Peter - I printed off today and looking forward to sinking my teeth into some Plath crit. Hope I can contribute the next edition.

Peter K Steinberg said...

Mr. Viktor!!

Thanks! Lindsay and I hope that you like the issue. And we certainly would love to see you publish in Plath Profiles 4!


Kristina Zimbakova said...

Hey Peter, how about this: a major Macedonian national daily has published an article on PP3 in tomorow's issue! They must have seen the info I posted on my facebook profile.


The gist of the article is that Macedonian translations of two major SP poems have been published in a world-renowned journal for interdisciplinary studies of SP, one of the greatest 20th century American poets. It also reads that the journal PP is published at IU in the USA.

Peter K Steinberg said...

Hey Kristina that is the most awesome thing that I have ever heard (or read). That is wonderful news and I only wish I could read the translations in Macedonian (I can obviously read them in English). It is a good thing the translations have all the right words!!!!!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations Peter and all concerned on PP3. I've been utterly engrossed in it.

Not sure about your unhealthy obsession with Lindsay "You Don't Mess With The" Lohan, though.

Cath M

Peter K Steinberg said...

You know, it's a bit late, but I just got the "You Don't Mess With The" reference. Wow.

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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." Plath Profiles 2. Summer 2009: 183-208.
  • 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 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: 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.