Title

Swimming the Witch

Date of Award

2001

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

English

First Advisor

Angela Ball

Advisor Department

English

Abstract

Swimming the Witch is an original book of poems, accompanied by an introduction. The poems engage both lyric and narrative modes to speak to the themes of judgment and the act of confession. The introduction addresses judgments in and against postconfessional poetry, specifically discussing the contemporary problematization of "I" and autobiography in poems.