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Shaping BeliefCulture, Politics, and Religion in Nineteenth-Century Writing$
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Victoria Morgan and Clare Williams

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311369

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315688

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‘Repairing Everywhere without Design’? Industry, Revery and Relation in Emily Dickinson's Bee Imagery

‘Repairing Everywhere without Design’? Industry, Revery and Relation in Emily Dickinson's Bee Imagery

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(p.73) 5. ‘Repairing Everywhere without Design’? Industry, Revery and Relation in Emily Dickinson's Bee Imagery
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Shaping Belief
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Victoria Morgan
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846315688.003.0005

This chapter focuses on Emily Dickinson's critique of religious orthodoxy, namely the legacy of New England Puritanism, using bee imagery and its cultural associations with Protestant models for both community and industry. It explores the radical re–positioning of belief within the context of production, or notion of ‘employment’ as poet, in Dickinson's work, linking spirituality with writing. It also considers how the three elements of industry, revery, and relation are strongly connected with the bee in Dickinson's work, along with the extent to which this represents an alternative ‘design’ or ‘space’ for belief within the schema of her poetry.

Keywords:   Emily Dickinson, religious orthodoxy, New England Puritanism, bee imagery, community, industry, belief, production, spirituality, revery

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