Date of Award
M.F.A. in Creative Writing
Beth Ann Fennelly
Invoking “the wound” as a space of semiotic, subjective, narrative, and hegemonic rupture, The Wound Is (Not) Real interrogates trauma and its effects on the formation of adolescent masculinity. Synthesizing and rejecting the conventions of lyric-narrative poetry, the prose poem, critical prose, and the memoir, The Wound Is (Not) Real ultimately attempts to link “woundedness” to poetic language itself, suggesting that poetry rises out of rupture and trauma. I seek to give poetic language its own form of agency; one which resists contextualization or New Critical modes of explication.
Cain, Martin M., "The Wound Is (Not) Real" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1243.