Date of Award
College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, English and Literary Arts
Creative writing, Poetry
The Field is a book-length poem which seeks to complicate the epic tradition through its investigations of transgenerational trauma and the effect of time and place on memory and identity. The narrative of The Field focuses on a family of three women, a mother and two daughters, the house they share, and the land that surrounds them. The Field is about my family’s refusal to address difficult familial narratives and the resulting severed connections to ancestral knowledge and custom. The Field is written out of and into this lack of knowledge, creating its own methods of investigation and reconstruction. The critical portion discusses the idea of a new epic subgenre, the “contraepic.”
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Received from author
Sheiner, Sara, "The Field: A Contraepic" (2022). Restricted Access ETDs. 98.