Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
First Advisor's Name
Julie Marie Wade
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poetry, experimental poetry, disability, disability theory, illness, cancer
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OBJECTS/SLOW HOURS is a collection of experimental poetry that aims to illustrate the reconfiguration of identity post-trauma. Using spatial play and non-linear storytelling, these poems follow the experiences of a chronic cancer patient through various cycles of illness and recovery. This narrative is told in three interwoven parallel structures, allowing the speaker to project consciousness into objects and animals, while simultaneously revisiting instances of isolated suffering and reflecting on medical treatment procedures.
OBJECTS/SLOW HOURS’s literary influences include Maggie Nelson, Lisa Glatt, and Audre Lorde, whose illness narratives have similarly confronted ideas of embodiment, subjectivity/objectivity, and social (in)visibility. In this collection, the speaker addresses major tenets of disability theory, such as materialism, the cost of the medical commitment to healing, and the role of disability in the larger fabric of society.
Saavedra, Camila E., "Objects/Slow Hours" (2021). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4683.
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