Adrienne Rich (1929-2012)

A selective list of online literary criticism and analysis for the American mid-20th-century, lesbian, feminist poet Adrienne Rich, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources

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"Adrienne Rich." A biography by Deborah Pope. Brief critical commentary: on "Aunt Jennifer's Tigers," on "Shooting Script," on "Trying to Talk with a Man," on "Diving into the Wreck," on "Twenty-One Love Poems," on "Power," on "(Dedications)." Roger Gilbert on comparing Elizabeth Bishop and Adrienne Rich. Also essays and letters by Adrienne Rich, interviews with Adrienne Rich, and more. Modern American Poetry. Ed. Cary Nelson.

"Adrienne Rich." A brief biography. Also, "Going for Motherlode: on Adrienne Rich's Of Woman Born," by Miranda Field; also "Groundbreaking Book: Diving into the Wreck by Adrienne Rich (1973)"; also "The Young Insurgent's Commonplace-Book: Adrienne Rich's 'Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law,'" by Marilyn Hacker. Academy of American Poets.

"Adrienne Rich." An introduction to Adrienne Rich at the UK national site for poetry, the Poetry Archive. Includes audio files of Adrienne Rich reading some of her poems. Directors, Andrew Motion & Richard Carrington.

"Adrienne Rich." An introduction to Adrienne Rich's poetry, selected poems, and additional essays, from the Poetry Foundation.

Martin, Wendy. "Adrienne Rich." A Teacher's Guide for Adrienne Rich. Includes classroom strategies and Rich's themes, forms and style. From educational publisher Heath.

"Poet and pioneer." A profile of Adrienne Rich. Guardian 14 June 2002.

literary criticism

Carruthers, Mary J. "The Re-Vision of the Muse: Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, Judy Grahn, Olga Broumas." The Hudson Review 36, 2 (Summer, 1983), pp. 293-322 [free at jstor].

Clark, Miriam Marty. "Human Rights and the Work of Lyric in Adrienne Rich." Cambridge Quarterly 38, 1 (March 2009), pp. 45-65 [preview or purchase at jstor].

Gwiazda, Piotr. "'Nothing Else Left to Read': Poetry and Audience in Adrienne Rich's An Atlas of the Difficult World." In Journal of Modern Literature 28, 2 (Winter, 2005), pp. 165-188 [free at jstor].

Hass, Robert. A close reading of Adrienne Rich's "Shattered Head." By former poet laureate Robert Hass. Washington Post 16 May 1999.

Lindroth, James. "Tropes of Discovery: Adrienne Rich and Diving Into the Wreck." CEA Critic 47, 3 (Spring 1985), pp. 69-78 [free at jstor].

Riley, Jeannette E. "The Voice of Poetry Is Calling: Adrienne Rich's Democratic Impulse." Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal 92, 3/4, Arts of Democracy (Fall/Winter 2009), pp. 347-364 [free at jstor].

Slowik, Mary. "The Friction of the Mind." Massachusetts Review 25, 1 (Spring 1984) pp. 142-160 [free at jstor].

Templeton, Alice. "Contradictions: Tracking Adrienne Rich's Poetry." A "review" of seven major critical books between 1975-1993 on Rich's work; essentially a reception study. Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 12, 2 (Autumn, 1993), pp. 333-340 [free a jstor].

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