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Title: Time and manner in the poetry of Jorie Graham
Author: Bishop, S. L.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2009
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This dissertation critiques the temporal poetics of Jorie Graham. Examining the experience of time immanent to Graham’s manner, I argue that the temporality evident in Graham’s practice challenges her theoretical privileging of the poetically revealed present moment. Despite Graham’s temporal-poetic aims her poetry portrays time in two conflicting modes; a dominant and Successional drive towards ending is insistently countered by suspension and hesitant retraction. In opposition to Graham’s poetic theory I hence claim that the temporal dynamics governing her practice are those of teleological drive, hesitation and suspension. Chapter one examines Graham’s teleological drive and argues that this temporal experience is realised through the interplay between Graham’s sentence and her line. Chapter Two looks at the way in which Graham’s propulsive drive is enhanced by her use of enjambment. In chapter three I examine Graham’s mode of hesitation and claim that this temporal experience is closely linked to Graham’s use of brackets and parentheses. Chapter four considers the experience of suspension in Graham’s work and argues that this experience is most pronounced in Graham’s use of the terminal dash. In conclusion I address the phenomenon of silent reading that facilitates and structures our experience of Graham’s work. Concentrating on those attributes where temporal experience is heightened the dissertation thus foregrounds miniscule elements of language that may often remain overlooked. It is in this sense that I examine the temporal poetics of Jorie Graham – concentrating on those features that function as the constituent elements and governing temporal principles of her work. In particular, I consider how such minute features of manner impact upon, and engender, Graham’s peculiar mode of temporal movement.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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