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This thesis, titled Before and After Her Body, is a full-length poetry manuscript submitted for completion of the Master of Fine Arts – Creative Writing Program. This collection delves into several interconnected themes, including gender, the female body, myth, legacy, and time. Broken into three main sections, these poems build from an examination of women as physical bodies to an exploration of women in conversation with other women and with themselves.
In these poems, characters from myth and popular culture blend with the persona of the narrator, who is at once an observer and a participant, discovering her own tradition and herself in past, present, and future lives.
In The Uses of the Body, Deborah Landau writes, “The uses of the body,/ you see where they end.// But we are only in the middle,/ only midway.” If she was discussing the physical body, then these poems are interested in the manifold body: physical, spiritual, inside and outside space and time and forever reimagining itself. They ask us to question our own perceptions and how we are perceived.
body; gender; myth; poetry
Austin, Shannon, "Before and After Her Body" (2018). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 3210.
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