Semester of Graduation

Summer 2018

Degree

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

The Body in Pain / The Body in Ecstasy is a series of short lyric essays/extended poems which catalogue major discriminatory movements against disabled people in the 20th and 21st century, specifically in the United States. My work contains duel storylines, using these movements/categories of violence as frames for my own personal narrative, and connecting individual experience to larger historical structures. I do this to disrupt the notion that history is disconnected from the present, and showcase how humans are built by context, where personal and political are inexorably intertwined, and social development is tied to both the body and how the body is shaped by everyone/everything that came before. In disability studies, many theorists question the idea of “independence”, or how society conceptualizes the disabled as lacking in autonomy while considering able-bodied people as existing outside of interdependent structures. It is a privilege to be an individual, or to see oneself as individual in the larger ecosystem of reality. And a falsehood.

Date

5-30-2018

Committee Chair

Weinstein, Susan

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