Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Noah E. Gordon

Second Advisor

Ruth Ellen Kocher

Third Advisor

Martin Bickman

Abstract

This collection examines a self in crisis. The poems inspect what it means to be a subjectivity in constant opposition to and the product of cultural forces--it is an "I" always set against the relief of another, of a "you." The work is meant to serve as a dialogue, and its voice enacts its own anxieties through constant searching for an adequate frame, whether that frame is domestic, commercial, or artistic. In the search to overcome a sense of social and cultural dislocation, the speaker must become a lens through which all culture passes. The text treats commerce, film, music, and other literature as material from which a more stable subjectivity is formed.

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