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Psychology

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1995

The College at Brockport: State University of New York

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Emily Dickinson: The Concept Of Catharsis, Jennifer Wolfley Jan 1995

Emily Dickinson: The Concept Of Catharsis, Jennifer Wolfley

English Master’s Theses

Emily Dickinson remains recognized as one of greatest poets of the American literature canon. The majority of her work, while often considered dark and abstract, was unread by anyone else in her lifetime. Why then would she choose to create such a large volume of troubled writing in secret? This thesis project explores this question using a psychological lens, and examines the work for any possible therapeutic effects it may have had on Dickinson. The project further suggests that Dickinson suffered from clinical depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and extreme personality disorders. (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) II is used throughout ...