MA Thesis Defense for Oksana Berda
Thursday, September 27th, 10:00am in Carleton Hall, Room 304
Title: What the Light Did Now
This Master’s thesis in Creative Writing explores ideas of femininity through the metaphor of the body. A number of different types of bodies materialize themselves within the poems, including: the sick body, the beautiful body, the scrutinized body, the violated body, and the scarred body. Exploring themes of exhaustion, violence, authority, allow for the collection to address each body and the changes desire manifests. The collection titled "what the light did now" breaks into six sections: the lyric, the craft, the myth, the map, the violence and the body. None of the sections reach any type of specific resolution for any of the bodies. The thesis works to create a space for the discussion of the female body and the female experience. The collection does this implicitly through each poem, as well as, explicitly by creating room for interrogation of the female experience within the Canadian poetic landscape.