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dc.contributor.advisorCairns, Scotteng
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Bradley Harrisoneng
dc.date.issued2019eng
dc.date.submitted2019 Springeng
dc.description.abstractThe Critical Introduction, titled "James Merrill's Queer Muse," uses Queer Theory to analyze Merrill's creative process when writing The Changing Light at Sandover. It argues that Merrill queers the heteronormative orientation of the eroticized relationship between poet and muse. This heteronormative dynamic is exemplified by the twentieth-century's most famous poet to draw on occult inspiration, W.B. Yeats. Merrill is both explicit and implicit in rejecting Yeats' assertive, decidedly masculine approach to his presumed female muse, emphasizing the poet's passivity toward and equality with the muse in the creative process. The second part is a collection of poems titled "Canon." Each of the collection's sixty-six poems is written in conversation with a book of the Protestant Bible, and each poem uses only the words found in its corresponding book.eng
dc.format.extentiv, 103 pages : illustrationeng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/69980
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10-32469/10355/69980eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.rightsOpenAccess.eng
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.
dc.subject.otherJames Merrilleng
dc.subject.otherQueer theoryeng
dc.subject.otherPoetryeng
dc.subject.otherHeteronormativityeng
dc.subject.otherThe Changing Light at Sandovereng
dc.subject.otherEnglisheng
dc.titleCanoneng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglish (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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