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Elizabeth BishopLines of Connection$
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Linda Anderson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748665747

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748665747.001.0001

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The Labyrinth of Temporality

The Labyrinth of Temporality

(p.89) Chapter 3 The Labyrinth of Temporality
Elizabeth Bishop

Linda Anderson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines Elizabeth Bishop's interest in narrative and time as reflected in her poetry. Drawing on some of her poems such as ‘Cape Breton’, ‘The Prodigal’, ‘The Shampoo’ and ‘The Riverman’, it highlights Bishop's need to orientate herself spatially and her concern for temporality in her work. It also considers Bishop's awareness of the ‘other’ time of memory which intersects with her narrative, how alcoholism inhibited her productivity, her practice of painting and its connection to her ‘skewed time sense’. In addition, it looks at Bishop's period of psychoanalysis with Dr Ruth Foster in New York and her interest in the latter's theory about colour and dreaming. The chapter also reflects on her travel to South America, with reference to her turn to prose in her early years in Brazil.

Keywords:   poetry, Elizabeth Bishop, narrative, time, temporality, painting, psychoanalysis, South America, prose, Brazil

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