Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2020

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

English

Major

Creative Writing and Environment

First Advisor

Debra Marquart

Abstract

Something To Do With Our Hands works with themes like the body, sexuality, family, religion, and the shaping of identity, as well as how place, distance, transition and liminality are intricately related to all of these things.

Working within the tradition of contemporary confessional female poets, the collection follows a speaker who is unapologetically human—she makes mistakes, has her heart broken, drinks, has sex, deals with family deaths, and makes the same mistakes again. She transitions through different phases of her life in different locations, exploring how place has the ability to affect people on both a physical and psychological level. The collection explores the idea of place-based identity across both long and short periods of time, as well as the shifting roles a person plays as they come of age, deal with aging family, and begin to settle into adulthood. Something To Do With Our Hands seeks to celebrate what it means to be human on both a physical and emotional level.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-20200624-127

Copyright Owner

Kate Wright

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

76 pages

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