Body Poetics: Modern Women’s Poetry

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Author: Kalyani Thiru
Pages: 112
Year of Publication: 2011
Price: HB Rs 200 / $10 (USD)
978-93-5045-010-9 (9789350450109)

About the Author:
Dr. Kalyani Thiru received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Toledo, Ohio, in 2004. She has been affiliated with the University of Madras and has taught in various colleges and universities in the United States for more than a decade.

About the Book:
Body Poetics: Modern Women’s Poetry is Dr. Thiru’s doctoral dissertation, under the supervision of Professor Clarence Lindsay. Dr. Thiru draws on women theorists like Helen Cixous, Madeleine Gagnon, Simone de Beauvoir and Luce Irigaray in her examination of philosophical, religious and romantic notions in the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop, Stevie Smith, Edna Millay, Emily Dickinson, Gwendolyn Brooks and Nikki Giovanni. Professor Lindsay observes in her foreword to the book, “Kalyani shows that women theorists, in their objective to reclaim body and mind from socio-political shackles for women, identify experience rather than rules as the defining principle of existence… Women poets too, Kalyani argues, resist settling for simple solutions and easy resolutions.”

Foreword by Professor Clarence Lindsay / 9
Introduction / 11
Poetry and Philosophy from Women / 25
Poetry and Love from Women / 51
Poetry and Religion from Women / 80
Conclusion / 100
Works Cited / 104

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