Title

What my Mother Never Told Me about Birth

Advisor

Lyons, Richard

Committee Member

Pierce, Catherine

Committee Member

West, Robert M.

Date of Degree

1-1-2017

Original embargo terms

MSU Only Indefinitely

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

English

Degree Name

Master of Arts

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of English

Abstract

Sylvia Plath utilizes confessional poetry to subvert traditional gender roles and provide commentary on the expectations of those positions in both the domestic and social spheres. I argue that Plath uses the motherigure and her relationship to children in order to exploit this role, and in the distance that she places between the two, she provides a new role for the female speaker. I also discuss my own poetry’s use of the motherigure. In the second part of my thesis, I explore this and other feminine concerns through poetry.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/17703

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