The Author: Zhou Xiaojing is Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies at the State University of New York, Buffalo. She received her Ph.D. in English from the Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has published widely in scholarly journals.
Zhou Xiaojing offers a rich reading of Bishop's poetry that shows how the poems enact beneath their cool surfaces a complex dialogue between confinement and freedom, subjective needs and objective methods, and a commitment to the immediate moment and the need to embed that moment in personal and public memory. This study says important things not only about Bishop's intentions but also about how these intentions govern her style. (Carl Dennis, State University of New York, Buffalo) This ranging, particularizing study of Elisabeth Bishop's work is a very useful addition to the more general readings of this complex poet. Zhou Xiaojing provides a fundamental ground for reader and scholar alike. (Robert Creeley, State University of New York, Buffalo)