Title

(Un)Spoken

Date of Award

2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing

First Advisor

Holbrook, Susan

Keywords

Erasure, Experimental poetry, Feminism, Grief, Kristeva, Silence

Rights

CC-BY-NC-ND

Abstract

(Un)Spoken is a collection of experimental poems that explore various compositional techniques to express types of silence. Language is embedded with silence, for there are things or experiences that Language cannot say. When Language fails to communicate, silence speaks. This thesis finds what is possible in language, fragmenting and distorting Language so it can express unspoken experiences. The interplays between silence and language suggests inexpressibility, resisting structure and order so deeply rooted in Language. This thesis aims to give voice to what should be said, while also revealing the compulsoriness of silence to communicate what cannot be said.

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