Date of Award
College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, English and Literary Arts
Creative writing, Poetry
The critical preface to Dispatch is broadly organized into two sections. The first section defines and analyzes the “social lyric” as a sub-genre of documentary poetry, paying attention especially to the ethics of witnessing. The second section explores the relationship between local/global and silence/sound via readings of the life, letters, and poetry of Lorine Niedecker. The focus of these two sections is intended to contextualize the framework/preoccupations of Dispatch. The first two sections of Dispatch are focused globally (colonialism, witness/documentation, cultural trauma/memory) while the final section shifts to consider some of these same issues locally (family trauma, memory, identity, place).
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Schwilling, Taryn, "Dispatch" (2019). Restricted Access ETDs. 75.