Presentation Title

An Unconscious Muse: The Irresistible Forces of Femininity and Queerness in Writing

Faculty Mentor

Anne Richards

Start Date

18-11-2017 11:30 AM

End Date

18-11-2017 11:45 AM

Location

15-1802

Session

Interdisciplinary 1

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

creative_arts_design

Abstract

Over the years of writing fiction, poetry, and personal essays, a persistent theme – or, as I’ve experienced it, a demanding muse – has developed the direction of my creative work: my relationship with the feminine. As I consciously questioned sexuality and gender identity, an unconscious answer emerged in the dynamic relationship between two female characters in a lifelong project, and in the eros and agape of my poetry. My creative work has celebrated the feminine and honored the relationships between women, even as I rejected femininity in my struggle with internalized heterosexism. In reviewing the trajectory of my poetry and fiction, I highlight creativity’s liberating power for myself and, by extension, everyone else in our cisheteronormative society of repressed femininity.

Summary of research results to be presented

My creative work has celebrated the feminine and honored the relationships between women, even as I rejected femininity in my struggle with internalized heterosexism. It was the persistence of this creative focus that brought me to understand that the source of my queer questioning originated in internalized sexism that rejected the feminine within me and looked down upon the close bonds I desired with other women. My unconscious turned the very thing I tried to repress, my relationship with the feminine, into my creative muse. In reviewing the trajectory of my poetry and fiction, I highlight creativity’s liberating power for myself and, by extension, everyone else in our cisheteronormative society of repressed femininity.

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Nov 18th, 11:30 AM Nov 18th, 11:45 AM

An Unconscious Muse: The Irresistible Forces of Femininity and Queerness in Writing

15-1802

Over the years of writing fiction, poetry, and personal essays, a persistent theme – or, as I’ve experienced it, a demanding muse – has developed the direction of my creative work: my relationship with the feminine. As I consciously questioned sexuality and gender identity, an unconscious answer emerged in the dynamic relationship between two female characters in a lifelong project, and in the eros and agape of my poetry. My creative work has celebrated the feminine and honored the relationships between women, even as I rejected femininity in my struggle with internalized heterosexism. In reviewing the trajectory of my poetry and fiction, I highlight creativity’s liberating power for myself and, by extension, everyone else in our cisheteronormative society of repressed femininity.