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Beyond exclusion: alienation and contact in the poetry of Erín Moure

  • Author / Creator
    Gripping, Elizabeth Sarah
  • In her writing, Canadian poet Erín Moure combines challenging formal experimentation with keen social and political awareness; Moure, indeed, insists that words and ideas always affect social practices. Accordingly, Moure offers a poetics of protest that reveals and mourns oppression and exclusion. In particular, Moure draws attention to the ways in which social and economic structures—specifically, the structures of capitalism—perpetuate human alienation, obscuring or destroying the dynamic relationships both within and among individuals. After a contextualizing introduction, this thesis explores Moure’s depiction of personal and interpersonal alienation in Empire, York Street, The Whisky Vigil, Wanted Alive, and Domestic Fuel. The conclusion, further, will begin to examine how this theme develops in Moure’s continuing poetic practice. Throughout the thesis, I place Moure’s poetic texts in conversation with her extra-poetic writings and with Marxist critical theory, yet I ground my study primarily in a close reading of Moure’s poetry.

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  • Graduation date
    2011-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3GW39
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of English and Film Studies
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Demers, Patricia (English and Film Studies)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Carrière, Marie (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
    • Wiesenthal, Christine (English and Film Studies)