Letters for a Newfoundland Dog and other encounters with nonhuman animals; Bird’s Work

Marlatt, Cameo Rae-Ann (2018) Letters for a Newfoundland Dog and other encounters with nonhuman animals; Bird’s Work. DFA thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

This project encompasses a collection of lyric essays and a collection of poetry engaging with the topic of zoopoetics, which as a field is interested in the way that attentiveness to the poiesis of nonhuman animals can shape human creative forms. The lyric essays, which form my critical component, are each centered on what Donna Haraway would refer to as a ‘companion species,’ a term that extends beyond companion animals such as pets to include any animals we share our lives with. Looking at frogs, dogs, whales, cats, bats, and parrots, I explore my personal history with specific animals of these species, and also analyze their representation in literature, art, and popular culture. Within a zoopoetic framework, the essays engage with scholarship around anthropomorphism, animals and gender, animal captivity, and animal history. The poetry collection, which forms my creative component, explores various ways of writing nonhuman animals. Writing with curiosity and attentiveness towards non-human animals, I aim for my poems to embody the shared animal-human poiesis at the heart of zoopoetics.

Item Type: Thesis (DFA)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Zoopoetics, companion species, nonhuman animals, lyric essay, creative writing, poetry.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Critical Studies
Supervisor's Name: Jess-Cooke, Dr. Carolyn and Herd, Dr. Colin
Date of Award: 2018
Depositing User: Cameo Marlatt
Unique ID: glathesis:2018-30584
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2018 14:04
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2018 07:55
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/30584

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