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Publication Date

2012-04-25

Availability

UM campus only

Embargo Period

2014-04-25

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English (Arts and Sciences)

Date of Defense

2012-04-24

First Committee Member

Maureen Seaton

Second Committee Member

M. Evelina Galang

Third Committee Member

Joel Nickels

Abstract

Just as its name implies, Estrogen Hydraulics is a collection of poems and a short play that seeks to manhandle the reader’s preconceived notions about identity and its interface with the modern world. The collection churns memory and knowledge in a supersonic stereotype tumbler, and what emerges is not antithesis but rather synthesis of thought—a fusion of viewpoint with human emotion, humor, and consequence. Using pop culture as a lens that zooms in and out of focus on acceptance, self-awareness, and witness, Estrogen Hydraulics sees its role as both colorful commentary and historical documentation of what it means to be a child of the ’80s.

Keywords

poetry; poems; pop culture; lesbian; sexuality; identity

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