Poetics of the Body: Edna St. Vincent Millay, Elizabeth Bishop, Marilyn Chin, and Marilyn Hacker

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Palgrave Macmillan, Apr 15, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 190 pages
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Poetics of the Body examines representations of the body in the work of four important twentieth-century poets: Edna St. Vincent Millay, Elizabeth Bishop, Marilyn Chin, and Marilyn Hacker. Drawing on both past and present discussions regarding the place of the body in relation to Western philosophy, gender, sexuality, desire, creative production, and narrative, this study reveals how the poetic bodies in the poetry of these women negotiate the intersecting ideologies that attempt to regulate the body, its characteristics, and its behaviors.  Ultimately, this dynamic book considers what it means to possess a body.

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About the author (2010)

Catherine Cucinella is Lecturer in the Department of Literature and Writing and the Women’s Studies Program at California State University.  She is the editor of Contemporary American Women Poets: An A-to-Z Guide.

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