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'The Herbage of Death’: Haunted Environments in John Neal and James Fenimore Cooper
John Neal and Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture
  • Matthew Sivils, Iowa State University
Document Type
Book Chapter
Publication Version
Published Version
Publication Date
1-1-2012
Abstract
Dickinson wrote this enigmatic, single-sentence letter without commentary, but while she did not elaborate on her assertion, she seems conscious of how the idea of haunting emerges in artistic endeavors as well as in general perceptions of the nonhuman environment-here conceived of as a haunted house. To be sure, many of the American literary works that preceded Dickinson fall under the category of those that try "to be haunted." And these texts that strive to house the ethereal and uncanny comment on the ftrst part of her statement by presenting an imagined environment inhabited by spectral entities and marred by violence.
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This is a chapter from John Neal and Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture (2012): 39. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner
Bucknell University Press
Language
en
Date Available
2015-04-03
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application/pdf
Citation Information
Matthew Sivils. "'The Herbage of Death’: Haunted Environments in John Neal and James Fenimore Cooper" John Neal and Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture (2012) p. 39 - 56
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/matthew_sivils/1/