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Title: Vestiges of the vampire : rediscovering the monstrous in contemporary lesbian poetry
Author: Wilkerson, Virginia Lee
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2013
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The majority of this thesis consists of my creative work in poetry, accompanied by researched information and concepts that serve to contextualize and illuminate the poems themselves and my creative process. Key areas of scholarship that underlie my poetry include the tropes and motifs of Gothic literature from the Romantic era to the present; the progression of women’s writing, particularly writing by women identifying as lesbian; and the conflation of female writers and characters with the concept of the ‘monstrous’ and transgressive. Also informing the two research chapters are some of the basic concepts about abjection and depression developed by philosopher and theorist Julia Kristeva. The collection of my poems contains both narrative and lyric poems. The final chapter, following on from my collection of sixty-eight poems, outlines my creative progress as I developed my particular poetic aesthetic. It is heavily informed by my growing acquaintance and comfort level with my own darkness and depression reflected in Gothic tropes, lesbian fiction, and aspects of Kristevan theory. The progression of my craft as a writer led me to strive for an effective expressive balance between the abstractions of the French Symbolists and Surrealists and a more ‘Imagistic’ focus on accurate, concrete imagery.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Vampires in literature ; Gothic poetry (Literary genre) ; English ; Lesbianism in literature