Georgetown Course Work
All of the work I began as an undergraduate on the gaze and vision has been extended through my graduate coursework into ekphrasis. Ekphrasis itself has extended into ethics and into poetics. I've moved from discovering the male gaze and analyzing its pressure on women in texts, to exploring how the gaze figures in women's poetry, then trying to understand the different ways gazes are created and represented by poems, and finally ended up milling around in the open space of the question, "How does one create an ethical imagist lyric, an ethical embodied eye/I?"
From The Good Life: World Literature and Human Rights with Pr. Samantha Pinto
"Zong!'s Miraculous Poetics and the Problem of Witnessing," is a short paper examining how the paratext of M. NourbeSe Philip's experimental poetry work shapes audience understanding and reception of her difficult and ambitious work--an interesting and valuable method, particularly when writing from a margin position, where readers may lack familiarity with content, form, or the context of a non-dominant literary tradition.
From Postmodernism with Pr. Matthew Tinkcom
Trying to figure out what might constitute "postmodern poetry," in this paper I analyze Paul Hoover's introduction to Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology to see what the editor's organizing principles are. This is the beginning of that exploration.
An Exploratory Essay Written During the Lannan Seminar with Pr. Carolyn Forche
While the Lannan Poetry Seminar led by Carolyn Forche did not address the Tony Hoagland/Claudia Rankine controversy of AWP 2011, I found the question of describing Others ethically recurring in the discussions of workshopped poems. At the end of the semester, I had the opportunity as a graduate student taking the course to write an academic piece in which I reflected on issue and the context in which I tried to make sense of it.
For an example of work responding to ideas encountered in the
seminar, you can click here to read a poem responding to Futurism.
From Aestheticism and Decadence with Pr. Patrick O'Malley
Oscar Wilde's Salome dramatizes what happens when a woman tries to exercise the lustful, appropriative gaze with which patriarchy empowers men.