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Lydia Wells, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Young 111

Abstract

This paper, written for ENGL 346: Jewish American Literature, aims to explore the concept of the “Other” in Adrienne Rich’s poetry. Rich, who was an active feminist, gay rights supporter, and proponent of Judaism, encountered feelings of hostility and isolation from the larger mainstream culture throughout her life. Her poem “Yom Kippur 1984” ruminates on these issues, exploring the complex relationship between groups of different people. The paper explores the concept of ostracism and addresses such themes as loneliness, solitude, isolation, otherness, and belonging within the larger context of the Jewish community.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-8-2014 2:40 PM

End Date

4-8-2014 4:00 PM

Panel

Panel: The War of the Soul: Adrienne Rich and Michael Ondaatje

Field of Study for Presentation

English, Religion, Women's and Gender Studies

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"To love the Stranger, to love solitude—": Feelings of Otherness and Isolation in Adrienne Rich's “Yom Kippur 1984”

Young 111

This paper, written for ENGL 346: Jewish American Literature, aims to explore the concept of the “Other” in Adrienne Rich’s poetry. Rich, who was an active feminist, gay rights supporter, and proponent of Judaism, encountered feelings of hostility and isolation from the larger mainstream culture throughout her life. Her poem “Yom Kippur 1984” ruminates on these issues, exploring the complex relationship between groups of different people. The paper explores the concept of ostracism and addresses such themes as loneliness, solitude, isolation, otherness, and belonging within the larger context of the Jewish community.