Class Year

2014

Date

12-2-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Distinguished Thesis

yes

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department or Program

English

First Advisor

Joshua Corey

Second Advisor

Carla Arnell

Third Advisor

Miguel de Baca

Abstract

This thesis aims to locate and critically examine the poetic landscapes that serve to further or negate the role of female subjectivity in selected works by Louise Glück, Barbara Guest, and Lisa Robertson. These “landscapes” are the locations on which each poet builds her critique: for Glück, this place is within the primordial soil of the mythic; for Guest it is part of the urban spectacle; and for Robertson it is the rhetorical foundations of gendered spaces. While these poets came of age in different eras and embody different conceptions of feminism, the issue of women’s agency reoccurs throughout their work. The connecting thread that this thesis aims to isolate among the featured poets is embedded in their investigation of the central question of how women can analyze their own exploitation and inscribe their own demands within an order prescribed by the masculine.

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