"'Faith' Is a Fine Invention": Emily Dickinson and H. D.
"Faith" is a fine invention
When Gentlemen can see--
But Microscopes are prudent
In an Emergency.
The year 1886 marks a pivotal point in American literary history and in the emerging tradition of feminist biblical revision. In that year, Emily Dickinson died and H. D. was born. While this serendipitous fact of biography suggests a neat demarcation in literary history--the passing of the Victorian to the modern era--the poetry of these two women brooks no such neat division. The correspondences and divergences in Emily Dickinson's and H. D.'s biblically informed poetry lay the groundwork for an examination of twentieth-century women's biblical revision because they reveal the defining issues and characteristics of this trajectory in women's reformulations of the canon.