What’s Feminism Got to Do with It? Gender, Poetry and Everyday Life in the 21st Century
Inspired by the feminist and civil rights movements, many 20th century women poets adopted an “I”-empowered poetics that intertwined personal and public worlds. By the end of the millennium, fragmentation and polyphony appeared in poetry as a response to the notion of “I”-dentity as constructed by class, religion, race and sexual preference. Is the exploration of a woman’s everyday “personal experience” in poetry still a political act? What are the challenges of writing a poetry that destabilizes gender and diffuses the self? What are the gender-related challenges (and aims) for today’s writers and readers of poetry?
Introduced by Suzanne Wise