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abjection 61,65,98

Abrams, M. H. 47

Alexander, Paul 81,114–15

Allen, Donald 16

Altman, Janet 95

Alvarez, Al 10,12,28,94

Ames, Lois 75,112

Archives 13,76,115,128

   see also Lilly Library; Smith College

Auden, W. H. 15,17,32,40,43,48

Axelrod, Steven Gould 16,34,37,42,45,69,87,100,113,124

Badia, Janet 128

Barrett Browning, Elizabeth 17

Bassnett, Susan 30,35,66

Bayley, Sally 128

Beckett, Samuel 38

Bennett, Paula 46,123

Bere, Carol 96

Bergman, Ingmar 70

Berryman, John 14,20,28

Beuscher, Ruth 3,6,9,37,105

biographical readings 1,13,37,39–40,47,59,65,66,68,74–5,95,101,103,111–15,121

Bishop, Elizabeth 17,18,95

body imagery 36,42,44,53,60,64,65,68,70,83–4,107,121

Bourjaily, Vance 74

Bradstreet, Anne 48

Brain, Tracy 9,14,28,33,64,76,79,82,101,127–8

Britzolakis, Christina 53,63,99,123,125

Broe, Mary Lynn 31,37,46

Bronfen, Elisabeth 15,92,122

Brontë, Charlotte and Emily 17,49,120

Brunner, Edward 18,21,27

Bryant, Marsha 71,128

Bundtzen, Lynda K. 52,55,58,65,66,67,70

Butscher, Edward 103,112–13,114,123,125

Cambridge University 7–8,33,40,95,97

   see also Plath, Sylvia: education

Cather, Willa 17

Cixous, Hélène 121

Cleverdon, Douglas 71

Cold War 18,21,22,24–7,28,68,79,109,126

   see also historical contexts; Plath, Sylvia: political interests

colour imagery 38,44,49,55,57

confession 14,17,19–21,26,33,47,56,60,104,115–16,117,126

   see also literary contexts

Connors, Kathleen 128

Cowan, Ruth Schwartz 27

Curry, Renée 22,126

Davison, Peter 29

Dickinson, Emily 18–19,122

Dilworth, Thomas 39,128

domesticity (theme of) 12,26–7,69,71,81,110

double (theme of) 45–7,53,59,79,104,120,121,124

echo (theme of) 53,59

Eisenhower, Dwight D. 80

Eliot, T. S. 10,16,43,48,64

environmentalism 126,127

Fainlight, Ruth 12

femininity 31,60,77,78,79,80,81,89,92,107,110,125

feminism and feminist readings 5,12,15,18,22,24,27,45,70,86–7,97,113,118–23

Ford, Karen Jackson 19,63,65,116,122

Forrest-Thomson, Veronica 116

Foucault, Michel 99,116

Frazer, Sir James 117

Freud, Sigmund 42,47,88

Friedan, Betty 5,27,107,119

Gilbert, Sandra M. 1,118,120, 121

Giles, Paul 127

Ginsberg, Allen 14,20

Giovanni, Nikki 122

Graves, Robert 15,117

Guttenberg, Barnett 117–18

Hartman, Geoffrey 68

Hayman, Ronald 115

Heaney, Seamus 40

historical contexts 1,14–15,21–7,32,55,61–3,67,75,77,78,84,97,109,119,124,125–8

   see also Plath, Sylvia: political interests

Hitchcock, Alfred 39

Holbrook, David 123

Holocaust imagery 21,61–3,80, 110

Howe, Irving 61

Hughes, Frieda 51

Hughes, Olwyn 113,114

Hughes, Ted 7–8,33–5,40,54,69,84,128

   Birthday Letters 1,7,69,94,112

   editorial role 12–13,29,30,35,51–2,56,57,58,65,66,82,85–6,94,95,101–4,105,114,117

   Letters of Ted Hughes 10,12,75,95

Irigaray, Luce 121

Jong, Erica 26,95

Joyce, James 15,16

Kamel, Rose 100

Kaplan, Cora 120

Kendall, Tim 17,68,76,78,90

Kopp, Jane 7,8

Kristeva, Julia 121

Kroll, Judith 35,41,75,81,83,117–18

Krook, Dorothea 7

Kukil, Karen V. 85,101,105

   see also Plath, Sylvia: Journals

Kumin, Maxine 3,8,18

Lane, Gary 113

Lawrence, D. H. 35,69,76

Levy, Laurie 5

Lilly Library 85,113

literary contexts 7,8,10,14–21,35,95,97,104,113,120,124,128

Lowell, Amy 17,36

Lowell, Robert 6,8,14,23,26,28,38,39,43,94,116

   Life Studies 20,24

Macpherson, Pat 15,80

Mademoiselle 5–6,75,86,99

Malcolm, Janet 102,103,112,114

McCarthyism 23,25–6

   see also Cold War

McCullough, Frances 101,104–5

   see also Plath, Sylvia: Journals

McGinley, Phyllis 17,32

McLean Hospital 6

Merwin, Dido 45,114

Middlebrook, Diane 11,33–4,54,55,69,70,71,73,74,75,93,101

Millay, Edna St Vincent 17

Miller, Arthur 25

mirror imagery 45,47,54,56,59,68,92,124,125

   see also Plath, Sylvia: self-reflexivity

Montefiore, Jan 122

Moore, Marianne 16,17,18,19

Morgan, Robin 65

Moses, Kate 1

Murphy, Richard 11,114

Myers, Lucas 114

mythology 117–19

nature imagery 34–5,36,49,55,57

Nelson, Deborah 21,26,27,68,79,126

New Criticism 16,19

Newman, Charles 79

New Yorker 19,55,66

Oates, Joyce Carol 49

O’Connor, Flannery 88

Olds, Sharon 41

Ostriker, Alicia 45,120–1

Ovid 54,56,60,68,119

Peel, Robin 5,25,55,73–6,80,127

Perloff, Marjorie ix,36,47,52,58,71,94,97,100

Plath, Aurelia (née Schober) 2–3,18,23,81–2,85,97–9,100

   editorial role 93–4,95,101,105

Plath, Otto 1–3,9,37

Plath, Sylvia: poetry

   ‘Admonition’ 18

   ‘Amnesiac’ 66

   see also ‘Lyonnesse’

   ‘Among the Narcissi’ 76

   ‘The Applicant’ 54,59–60,64

   ‘Apprehensions’ 127

   ‘April 18’ 33

   Ariel ix,x,12,25,29,30,40,47,51–67,74,86,96,103,116,119

   Ariel: The Restored Edition 51,64–6

   ‘Ariel’ 53,114

   ‘The Arrival of the Bee Box’ 58

   ‘Barren Woman’ 48

   ‘The Bee Meeting’ 58

   Bee poems 31,38,53,58–9,117,123

     see also individual titles

   ‘Berck-Plage’ 42,53,54,57–8

   ‘The Birthday Present’ 42

   ‘Bitter Strawberries’ 30,32

   ‘Black Rook in Rainy Weather’ 42,48

   ‘Blackberrying’ 49,69

   ‘Bluebeard’ 33

   ‘Burning the Letters’ 65–6

   ‘Candles’ 118

   ‘Child’ 70

   Collected Poems 12,29,30–3,51,64,65,117

     Juvenilia 29–33

   The Colossus ix,9,10,17,18,30,35–43,86,96,98,107,119

   ‘The Colossus’ 3,31,37–9,40,41,50,59

   ‘Contusion’ 58

   ‘Conversation among the Ruins’ 32

   ‘The Courage of Shutting-Up’ 64,65,67–9,116

   ‘The Couriers’ 54,56

   Crossing the Water 30,43–50,55,67

   ‘Crossing the Water’ 11,47,127

   ‘Cut’ 121,126,127

   ‘Daddy’ 3,35,42,54,59,61–3,64,65,69,121,122,126,127

   ‘Danse Macabre’ 32

   ‘Dark House’ 36

   see also ‘Poem for a Birthday’

   ‘Death & Co.’ 53

   ‘The Detective’ 117

   ‘Dialogue En Route’ 32

   ‘The Dispossessed’ 32

   ‘The Disquieting Muses’ 36,41–2,48,81–3,119

   ‘Doomsday’ 31,32

   ‘Eavesdropper’ 7

   ‘Edge’ 58,59,63,117

   ‘Electra on Azalea Path’ 9,37–8,41,62,119

   ‘Elm’ 11,42,53,54,55–7,67,128

   ‘Event’ 11,44

   ‘The Eye-mote’ 42

   ‘Face Lift’ 43,44–5,47

   ‘Faun’ 34

   ‘Female Author’ 31

   ‘Fever 103°’ 53,54,121

   ‘Fiesta Melons’ 7

   ‘Firesong’ 35

   ‘Full Fathom Five’ 3

   ‘Getting There’ 32,53

   ‘Gigolo’ 70

   ‘The Glutton’ 34

   ‘Gold Mouths Cry’ 30,32

   ‘The Goring’ 7

   ‘Hardcastle Crags’ 8,40,41,48,116

   ‘I am Vertical’ 43

   ‘I Want, I Want’ 36,41

   ‘In Plaster’ 10,30,45–7,50,104,121

   ‘Insomniac’ 50

   ‘The Jailer’ 64–5,69

   ‘Kindness’ 58

   ‘Lady Lazarus’ 26,31,53,54,58,59–62,119,121,126

   ‘Lament’ 31

   ‘Last Words’ 48,50

   ‘Leaving Early’ 7

   ‘Lesbos’ 26,66,71–2

   ‘A Life’ 43

   ‘Little Fugue’ 54

   ‘Love Letter’ 44

   ‘Love is a Parallax’ 30

   ‘Lullaby’ 123

   ‘Lyonnesse’ 66

   see also ‘Amnesiac’

   ‘Magi’ 43,48

   ‘The Manor Garden’ 37,43,48,67,116,126

   ‘Medusa’ 63,64,65,81,100,121

   ‘Metamorphoses of the Moon’ 32

   ‘Metaphors’ 48,119

   ‘Mirror’ 47–8

   ‘The Moon and the Yew Tree’ 53,54

   ‘Moonsong at Morning’ 32

   ‘Morning in the Hospital Solarium’ 30

   ‘Morning Song’ 53

   ‘The Munich Mannequins’ 54

   ‘Mussel Hunter at Rock Harbor’ 19

   ‘Nick and the Candlestick’ 53,54–5,57

   ‘The Night Dances’ 53,54

   ‘Night Shift’ 40

   ‘Ode for Ted’ 34

   ‘On the Decline of Oracles’ 41,119

   ‘The Operation’ 96

   ‘Parallax’ 18

   ‘Paralytic’ 42,53

   ‘Parliament Hill Fields’ 10,48,50,55

   ‘Poem for a Birthday’ 9,35–7,75,119

   ‘Point Shirley’ 39

   ‘Poppies in October’ 53

   ‘The Princess and the Goblins’ 32

   ‘Private Ground’ 43,50

   ‘Purdah’ 66,70,116,126

   ‘Pursuit’ 7,34,65,119

   ‘The Rabbit Catcher’ 11,69,70,127

   ‘A Secret’ 64,65

   ‘Sheep in Fog’ 53

   ‘Small Hours’

     see ‘Barren Woman’

   ‘Song for a Summer’s Day’ 34

   ‘Sonnet: To Eva’ 31

   ‘Sonnet: To Time’ 30

   ‘A Sorcerer Bids Farewell to Seem’ 32

   ‘Spinster’ 41,119

   ‘Stillborn’ 30,48,70,116

   ‘Stings’ 53,58

   ‘The Stones’ 36

     see also ‘Poem for a Birthday’

   ‘Surgeon at 2 a.m.’ 55

   ‘The Swarm’ 32,58

   ‘Thalidomide’ 127

   Three Women: A Poem for Three

     Voices 11,69–71,76,119

   ‘To Eva Descending the Stair’ 31,33

   ‘Touch and Go’ 30

   ‘Tour’ 7

   ‘The Trial of Man’ 32

   ‘Tulips’ 10,30,32,42,45,53,119

   ‘Two Campers in Cloud Country’ 43

   ‘Two Views of a Cadaver Room’ 39–40

   ‘Verbal Calisthenics’ 18

Plath, Sylvia: poetry (cont.)

   ‘Whitsun’ 43

   ‘Widow’ 43,48,113

   ‘Wintering’ 58–9

   ‘Winter Trees’ 67

   Winter Trees 12,64,66–72

   ‘Witch Burning’ 36

     see also ‘Poem for a Birthday’

   ‘Words’ 40,53,58,63,119

   ‘Words heard, by accident, over

     the phone’ 11,65,116

   ‘Wuthering Heights’ 8,49,96

   ‘Yadwigha, on a Red Couch, Among

     Lilies’ 34

   ‘You’re’ 119

   ‘Zoo Keeper’s Wife’ 55

Plath, Sylvia: prose

   ‘Above the Oxbow’ 87

   ‘America! America!’ 91–2

   ‘Among the Bumble Bees’ 3

   ‘And Summer Will Not Come Again’ 4

   Bell Jar, The ix,x,4,5,6,9,15,17,24,40,67,70,73–84,85,86,88,92,100,107,108,121,124

     Buddy Willard 63,76,81,82,84

     Esther Greenwood 40,45,74,76,78–84,87,100

     food and eating 77–8,83

     motherhood 78,81–2

     narrative voice 78–9,82,83,88

     publication history 10,12,73–5,82,93,102

     Victoria Lucas (pseudonym) 12,73–4,83

   ‘Charlie Pollard and the Beekeepers’ 91

   ‘A Comparison’ 84–5,86

   ‘The Daughters of Blossom Street’ 79,88–9,90

   ‘A Day in June’ 85

   ‘The Day Mr Prescott Died’ 86,88

   Falcon Yard 9

   ‘The Fifteen Dollar Eagle’ 86,87,88

   ‘The Fifty-Ninth Bear’ 9,89–90,128

   ‘The Green Rock’ 85

   ‘Initiation’ 86,91,92

   ‘Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams’ 79,87–8,89,128

   Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams 8,22,25,70,84–92,119

   Journals ix,x,3,8,9,11,18,36,37,49,86,87–8,89,94,101–10

     Journals (abridged edition) 85,101–5,106

     Journals (unabridged edition) 101,105–10

     publication history 101–4, 105–6

     self-scrutiny 97–9,106–10

   Letters Home ix,x,2,9,10,23,34,35,51,82,93–102,103,104

     mother/daughter relationship 97–9,100,108

     publication history 93–4,95–6

     structure 95,100

   ‘The Magic Mirror’ 6

   ‘Mothers’ 11,77,90–1,92

   ‘Ocean 1212W’ 3,91,92

   ‘Rose and Percy B’ 11,57,91

   ‘The Shadow’ 23,87

   ‘The Smiths’ 85

   ‘Snow Blitz’ 7,86,90,91

   ‘Stone Boy with Dolphin’ 90

   ‘Sunday at the Mintons’ 86,124

   ‘Superman and Paula Brown’s New Snowsuit’ 22

   ‘Sweetie Pie and the Gutter Men’ 87

   ‘That Widow Mangada’ 7

   ‘This Earth our Hospital’

     see ‘The Daughters of Blossom Street’

   ‘The Wishing Box’ 86,89

Plath, Sylvia

   art 4,34,41,44,123,128

   BBC radio broadcasts 4–11,12,16,41,46,62,71

   dating 5

   education 3–6,33,97,102

     see also Cambridge University; Smith College

   influences

     see literary contexts

   marriage 7–8,11–12,76,78,97, 100

   performance 46,54,60,123,125

   poetic development 4–11,12,13,14–28,46,52,61,67

   poetic ‘I’ 33,34,38,59,64,94,97,104

   poetic techniques 14,18,19,30–2,33,34,36,37,39,40,42,43,48,59–60,62,66

   political interests 10,21,30,32,97

     see also historical contexts

   pregnancy and motherhood 9,10,58,70,71–2,100

   psychotherapy 3,6,9,12,37,105

   publication history ix,4,8,10,29–30,33,35,43,51,64,73, 85

   reading 6,9

   self-reflexivity 35,37,86,92,106,108,123,125

   suicide attempts 12–13,74,75,99,108,121

   transatlantic contexts 7,10,11,14,28,33–5,76,90–2,123,126,127

Plath, Warren 2–3,19,95,99

popular culture 22,23,26,86,128

postmodernism 47,118

poststructuralism 118,121

Prouty, Olive Higgins 4,81,95,98

psychoanalytical readings 47,53,60,62–3,123–5

   see also Freud, Sigmund

race and ethnicity 22–4,26,27,126

reception 104,111–28

   see also biographical readings; confession; environmentalism; feminism and feminist readings; historical contexts; psychoanalytical readings; individually named critics

Rees-Jones, Deryn 39,41,123,128

Rich, Adrienne 17,18,26

Roethke, Theodore 32,36,43,55, 76

Rose, Jacqueline 29–30,49,60,61,65,69,73,85–6,105,111,112,122,124

Rosenberg, Ethel and Julius 24,78,81,84,110

   see also Plath, Sylvia: prose, The Bell Jar

Rosenthal, M. L. 20,75

Rossetti, Christina 17,32

Rotskoff, Lori 26

Salinger, J. D. 79

Sappho 17

Sassoon, Richard 7

Scholes, Robert 75

Seventeen 4

Sexton, Anne 3,6,8–9,14,20,21,26,36,56,126

silence (theme of) 40,41,42,48,53,54,67–9,70,83,124

Simpson, Louis 3,55

Sinfield, Alan 122,126

Sitwell, Edith 17,123

Smith College 4–5,8,27,51,95,97–8,102,106,113

   see also Plath, Sylvia: education

Smith, Stan 1,59,67,117,125–6

Spigel, Lynn 84

Starbuck, George 8–9

Stein, Gertrude 122

Steiner, George 59,61

Steiner, Nancy Hunter 4,94

Stevens, Wallace 16,32

Stevenson, Adlai 27

Stevenson, Anne 45,113

suburbia 3,21,22,26–7,32,71,84, 110

Sylvia (film) 1

Thomas, Dylan 15

Tripp, Anna 121

Twain, Mark 79

Tyler, Anne 96

Van Dyne, Susan 52,58,63,113,114

Vendler, Helen 29–30,37,46

Wagner-Martin, Linda 29–33,37,45,113

Whyte, William H. 21,27

Wieseltier, Leon 61

Williams, William Carlos 15,16,40

Woolf, Virginia 15,16,17,36,76,84,87

World War II 21,22–4,26,62

Wurtzel, Elizabeth 73,74,77

Wylie, Philip 21

Yaddo Writers’ Colony 9,36,37,43,75,87

Yeats, W. B. 12,117

Yorke, Liz 122


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