Title

sh

Semester of Graduation

Spring

Degree

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

To be black is to often be the object of surveillance. “sh”, chiefly explores how the black body operates as a site of interrogation in numerous ways, be it as a product of stereotypes, hatred, or voyeurism. Furthermore, the work is also interested in how members of the African diaspora have and continue to rebuild and renegotiate who they are and how they move in the world, exploring and experiencing moments of trauma and joy in a delicate balancing act.

Made for the stage, this work speaks to the hybridity of poetry and performance through its mixture of polyvocality, poetic language, dialogue, and movement through space and time. Throughout the 80 plus pages, we see the speakers, all women, journeying through spaces they gradually map out through their conversations with and without each other—conversations which interrogate notions of the self through the lens of race, culture, diasporic relations, and other societal and personal markers of identity.

Committee Chair

Mullen, Laura

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