P(l)athography: Plath and Her Biographers

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Abstract

Heather Clark reveals the powerful impact of Plath biographers. Splicing the words pathology, biography, and Plath’s name, she coins the term P(l)athographers. Clark helps us to understand their cumulative practice of distortedly mythologizing Plath and misdirecting readers’ interpretations of her writing. For Clark, Plath’s English Tripos exam at Cambridge offers us more understanding of Plath’s poetics than her relationship with her dead father ever could.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSylvia Plath in Context
EditorsTracy Brain
PublisherCambridge University Press
Chapter34
Pages360-370
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781108556200
ISBN (Print)9781108470131, 1108470130
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Publication statusPublished - 2019

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NameLiterature in Context
PublisherCambridge University Press

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Clark, H. (2019). P(l)athography: Plath and Her Biographers. In T. Brain (Ed.), Sylvia Plath in Context (pp. 360-370). (Literature in Context). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108556200.035