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English Professor Edited Book, Gave BBC Interview on Elizabeth Bishop

Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dr. Bethany Hicok, Westminster College associate professor of English, co-edited and contributed an essay to Elizabeth Bishop in the Twenty-First Century: Reading the New Editions published recently by the University of Virginia Press.

Hicok authored "Elizabeth Bishop's Brazilian Politics," one of the essays in the volume co-edited with Dr. Angus Cleghorn of Seneca College and Dr. Thomas Travisano of Hartwick College.

A series of major collections of posthumous writings by Bishop, one of the most widely read and discussed poets of the 20th century, have been published recently, affecting the perspective on her life and work.  The writings in these volumes have expanded Bishop's published work and placed before the public a "new" Bishop whose complexity was previously familiar to only a small circle of scholars and devoted readers.  This collection provides a multifaceted account of the impact of the new editions and how they both enlarge and complicate the understanding of Bishop as a cultural icon.

Hicok will be featured on BBC Radio 4's program "A Foreigner Everywhere" Sunday, April 29.  Hicok is one of several critics interviewed for poet Paul Farley's exploration of Bishop's years in Brazil.  Click here for additional information on the program.

Hicok, who joined the Westminster faculty in 2001, earned an undergraduate degree from Russell Sage College and two master's degrees and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.  She is the author of Degrees of Freedom: American Women Poets and the Women's College, 1905-1955.  She has published articles on Bishop, Marianne Moore, and Wallace Stevens, contributed chapters to three books, and delivered papers on American poetry at professional conferences.

Contact Hicok at (724) 946-6349 or email for additional information.