Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Still Skipping Rope
by McGregor, Alexandra, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2020, 75; 27833136
Abstract (Summary)

Still Skipping Rope is a collection of poetry written during my time in the Master of Fine Arts program at California State University, Long Beach. The methodological essay focuses primarily on my inspirations, both personal and poetic, with an emphasis on grounding my work in the literary tradition and tropes of French surrealism, as well as contextualizing my allegorical choices for the appendix. The appendix—comprised of thirty-six original poems—is thematically linked via its usage of childhood references, images, and motifs to investigate societal phenomena, including, but not limited to, sexism, contemplation of death, and mental illness. The appendix’s theme, inspired by the French Surrealist trope of the “child woman,” serves to explore the darkness and difficulties of the human experience that begin to form in childhood but become dangerously institutional by adulthood.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hernandez, David
Commitee: Seyburn, Patty, Harper Webb, Charles
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: English
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 82/3(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Creative writing, Womens studies, Individual & family studies
Keywords: Original poetry collection, French surrealism, Child woman, Allegorical choices
Publication Number: 27833136
ISBN: 9798672124230
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