“MY NAME TO ME A SADNESS WEARS:” SELF AND OTHER ACCORDING TO DIARY BY E. B. B.
Yana Rowland https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0906-1454
Affiliation: Plovdiv University Paisii Hilendarski, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
This paper dwells on the issue of selfhood in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Diary (1831 – 1832). It explores individuation against three major presences in the poetess’s life: her father (and family), Hugh Stuart Boyd, and literature. The employed strategy of research includes a phenomenological (interspersed with feminist touches) focus on select excerpts from the Diary which reveal the writer’s concern for Self as the recognition of the priority of a precursory Other. Observations are made on the limits of human perception, time and space as human variables, the ontological essence of interpretation, and memory as a premise for cognizing life as care. A rare example of prose-fiction in the poetess’s oeuvre, her diary could be read as an instance of simultaneous self-nullification and self-affirmation, which offers possibilities for a dialectical definition of female genius as dialogue through narrative.
Keywords: Elizabeth Barrett Barret (Browning), diary, Self, Other, care, guilt, death, hermeneutics
Received: 1 October 2021
Reviewed: 1 November 2021
Accepted: 30 November 2021
Revised: 15 December 2021
Published: 30 December 2021
Rowland, Y. (2021). “My Name to me a Sadness Wears:” Self and Other According to "Diary by E. B. B.". English Studies at NBU, 7(2), 209-226. https://doi.org/10.33919/esnbu.21.2.5
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