Type of Proposal

Oral Presentation

Start Date

23-3-2018 9:00 AM

End Date

23-3-2018 10:20 AM

Location

Alumni Auditorium C

Faculty

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Abstract/Description of Original Work

Canadian author Erin Mouré’s feminist poem “PILLAGE 1 (‘Oakland’)” uses the excess of meaning to transcend the patriarchal language and its claim on sensical literature. This analysis brings together the concept of the meaning of language being inside or outside of sense with the theory that the meaning of language must change to distinguish the female voice from the oppressive patriarchal language. By analyzing Mouré’s methods of using language to create an excess of meaning through a feminist lens, this essay identifies how opening up the meaning of language to multiple interpretations allows the poetry to become a feminist text that represents the female experience from the individual reader’s perspective. However, language can only transcend the patriarchal grasp once it has been stripped of its traditional sense and reinvented, allowing the feminist audience to read inside the literature in which unique meaning can be placed on each word, phrase and sentence by the individual. This interpretation of Mouré’s feminist literature offers a greater understanding to what it means for language to be “non-sense” and how nonsensical literature offers new ways for female authors to transcend the limitations of the patriarchal language through reevaluating language beyond a surface level of preexisting meaning.

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Mar 23rd, 9:00 AM Mar 23rd, 10:20 AM

On the Outside Reading In: An Analysis of “Non-sense” Feminist Poetry and Erin Mouré “PILLAGE 1 (‘Oakland’)”

Alumni Auditorium C

Canadian author Erin Mouré’s feminist poem “PILLAGE 1 (‘Oakland’)” uses the excess of meaning to transcend the patriarchal language and its claim on sensical literature. This analysis brings together the concept of the meaning of language being inside or outside of sense with the theory that the meaning of language must change to distinguish the female voice from the oppressive patriarchal language. By analyzing Mouré’s methods of using language to create an excess of meaning through a feminist lens, this essay identifies how opening up the meaning of language to multiple interpretations allows the poetry to become a feminist text that represents the female experience from the individual reader’s perspective. However, language can only transcend the patriarchal grasp once it has been stripped of its traditional sense and reinvented, allowing the feminist audience to read inside the literature in which unique meaning can be placed on each word, phrase and sentence by the individual. This interpretation of Mouré’s feminist literature offers a greater understanding to what it means for language to be “non-sense” and how nonsensical literature offers new ways for female authors to transcend the limitations of the patriarchal language through reevaluating language beyond a surface level of preexisting meaning.