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Title: Pain body : writing at the intersection of elegy and witness
Author: Scarpino, A. L.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5353 7880
Awarding Body: Bath Spa University
Current Institution: Bath Spa University
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis contains a creative and critical component. Written at the intersection of two poetics forms, elegy and poetry of witness, the creative piece, a book-length poem titled 'Pain Body', weaves together personal writing based on my experience with chronic pain, 'found' poetry that grounds my experience in larger conversations about the body and illness, and mythically-minded writing about the ash tree. In the critical component, I identify the intersection of elegy and poetry of witness as having four defining characteristics: it is situated in what Carolyn Forche terms the 'social' sphere, it is firmly located in the body, it refuses consolation, and it demonstrates a fragmented and wounded language. I then discuss the poets Paul Monette and Audre Lorde as exemplars of writing at this intersection, as they elegize a loved one (Monette) and their own body (Lorde) while bearing witness to the AIDS epidemic (Monette) and growing cancer epidemic (Lorde). Finally, I examine the ways in which my writing in 'Pain Body' also exemplifies this intersection. My critical research thus shapes my creative writing, while extending and refining current scholarly conversations about elegy and witness.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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