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Citation

Runco MA. Death Stud. 1998; 22(7): 637-654.

Affiliation

California State University, Fullerton, USA. MRunco@fullerton.edu

Copyright

(Copyright © 1998, Informa - Taylor and Francis Group)

DOI

10.1080/074811898201335

PMID

10342969

Abstract

This article explores the idea that although much can be learned by viewing Sylvia Plath's poetry as an expression of her thinking and affect, additional insights are afforded by reversing the typical direction of effect and by viewing Plath's affect, and in particular her depression, as a result of her writing. Consistent with this interpretation is Plath's huge investment in writing. This may have contributed to the sensitivity that predisposed her to stress and depression. This perspective is tied to the existing creativity literature and interwoven and contrasted with existing descriptions of Plath's work and tragic death.


Language: en

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