Title

Occupying this Space

Semester

Summer

Date of Graduation

2003

Document Type

MFA Creative Writing Thesis

Degree Type

MFA

College

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Department

English

Committee Chair

James Harms.

Committee Co-Chair

Mark Brazaitis

Committee Member

Gwen Bergner

Abstract

The focus of this project, Occupying This Space , deals with my personal dissatisfaction and frustration in writing and expressing myself through the patriarchal language; thus, one of my goals of this project was to create a feminine language that could articulate fully the quandary that the female poet/writer is forced into, having only a patriarchal language to articulate. Thus, my main goal was to construct a feminine poetics that fully enunciate the problem of the female poet while juxtaposing this poetics with that of the patriarchal language to compare and contrast the two. My project, likewise, explores the interstices between these two, and articulates fully the tribulations that the female poet must overcome in order to create a feminine poetics that perhaps one day will eclipse the dominant patriarchal idiom. Moreover, I wanted through this creation of a feminist poetics to demonstrate the crisis that the female poet finds herself in a male-dominated language.

Embargo Reason

Permanent Embargo – MFA Creative Writing

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