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dc.contributor.authorLayne, Bethany
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-02T15:20:37Z
dc.date.available2019-09-02T15:20:37Z
dc.date.issued2019-08-31
dc.identifier.citationLayne, B. (2019) Her Own Words Describe Her Best? Reconstructing Plath’s Original Ariel in Sylvia (2003) and Wintering (2003). Plath Profiles, 11 (10), pp. 108-130en
dc.identifier.urihttps://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/plath/article/view/23778
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.dora.dmu.ac.uk/handle/2086/18388
dc.descriptionopen access journalen
dc.description.abstractThis article explores two of Sylvia Plath’s afterlives: John Brownlow and Christine Jeffs’ biopic Sylvia (2003) and Kate Moses’s novel Wintering (2003). Contrary to Frieda Hughes’s assertion that such works attempt to “breathe life into” Plath (xvii), I show how these are textual resuscitations, engaging intimately with Plath’s then-unpublished Ariel manuscript. I explore how both writers’ decision to omit the second wave of Ariel poems contests Hughes’s arrangement of the collection, and severs the link, fostered in Ariel and confirmed in Birthday Letters, between Plath’s writing and her death. I then show how the texts’ readings of Ariel nuance interpretations of Plath herself, emphasising her pursuit of transcendence over her drive towards self-destruction. These biographical works ultimately yield significant critical implications, popularising long-standing scholarly debates about “why the differences between the two version of Ariel matter” (Badia 162) and catalysing the canon-reformation that produced Ariel: The Restored Edition.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectPlathen
dc.subjectHughesen
dc.subjectArielen
dc.subjectWinteringen
dc.subjectSylviaen
dc.subjectBiofictionen
dc.subjectBiopicen
dc.titleHer Own Words Describe Her Best? Reconstructing Plath’s Original Ariel in Sylvia (2003) and Wintering (2003)en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.funderNo external funderen
dc.cclicenceCC BYen
dc.date.acceptance2018-02-21
dc.researchinstituteInstitute of Englishen


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