An Atlas of the Difficult World by Adrienne Rich

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Altieri, Charles. Self and Sensibility in Contemporary American Poetry. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1984. Questioning the cultural roles that lyric poetry now plays, Altieri sees in Rich’s poetry a useful model for breaking the dominant mode of essentially narcissistic or scenic poetry.

Booklist. LXXXVIII, October 1, 1991, p. 235. A review of An Atlast of the Difficult World.

Boston Globe. December 1, 1991, p. 17. A review of An Atlast of the Difficult World.

Cooper, Jane Roberta. Reading Adrienne Rich: Reviews and Re-Visions, 1951-81. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1984. A useful collection of essays on Rich’s poetry as well as a compilation of reviews of both her poetry and her prose.

Hussmann, Mary. “On Adrienne Rich.” Iowa Review 22, no. 1 (1992): 221-225. A brief consideration of An Atlas of the Difficult World.

Kalstone, David. Five Temperaments. New York: Oxford University Press, 1977. Devotes a chapter to Rich’s poetry through her collection Poems: Selected and New, 1950-1974 (1975). Kalstone considers the possibility of writing about the self and what the resources are for autobiographical writing. This early evaluation remains fresh and insightful.

Library Journal. CXVI, October 15, 1991, p. 85. A review of An Atlast of the Difficult World.

McCorkle, James. The Still Performance: Writing, Self, and Interconnection in Five Postmodern American Poets. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1989. A detailed chapter on Rich’s poetry through Your Native Land, Your Life (1986) considers the self-reflective moments in her poetry as moments that re-vision language and self.

Martin, Wendy. An American Triptych: Anne Bradstreet, Emily Dickinson, Adrienne Rich . Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1984. Demonstrates how each of these three poets criticizes a masculine culture. Particularly useful because the analysis of poems is...

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