Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
First Committee Member
Claudia A. Keelan
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This manuscript, Multiplicity, is a collection of poems that addresses the varying dimensions within human interactions and the multiple nature of the self. The speakers in these poems confront the “arbitrary constraints” and the categories that define our identities, as well as how these categories are almost always blurred by the complexities of the self and the differences between people. These categories include gender, sexuality, ethnicity, siblinghood, daughterhood, and religion. Two of these poems— “Really, It is All Arbitrary Constraint” and “Other Stories,” which appear in the second section—attempt to dismantle these constraints and/or categories by breaking from traditional poetic conventions and experimenting with the placement of the texts on the page. Many of these poems also explore the ways in which, within relationships, individuals can thrive and multiply, as well as lose themselves and be divided. While these poems are not politically charged, they inevitably touch on issues of identity politics.
Identity (Psychology); Poetry; Self
American Literature | Literature in English, North America
Chan, Marianne Leslie, "Multiplicity" (2015). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 2337.