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Authority and Rebellion in Feminist Poetry

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In recent collections, poets Anne Champion, Carla Harryman, and Cate Peebles invoke familiar literary forms only to reframe them as vehicles for feminist critique.

Silence in Poetry

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Three recent collections of poetry do justice to the complex relationship between silence, narrative, and the tacit relationships out of which language is born.

The Literary Text as Performance & Spectacle

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Recent years have seen a proliferation of feminist writers who are taking up questions about language, spectatorship, and the orders of power implicit in the gaze. More now than ever, poets are telling us where to look, as well as refusing, restructuring, and renegotiating the terms of the gaze.

Textual Difficulty as a Feminist Gesture: On Books by Julia Story, Laurie Sheck, & Sarah Vap

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In his writings on the experience of cultural otherness, Georges Bataille once observed that the marginalized body exists at the periphery of a community, as it cannot be safely contained within or held outside it. Within the context of Bataille’s work, otherness is defined as a “separation,” a visible