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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Year Degree Awarded
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African American Studies | American Literature | Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Though she is primarily associated with the New Negro Renaissance, Anne Spencer’s writing career spanned over seventy years, and her archive consists of unpublished, undated poetry and prose about the natural world written on ephemera. This project centers Spencer’s unusual archive and writing practice to demonstrate both the range of her artistry and the degree to which her relationship with the natural world informed both her poetics and sense of being. In this project, I employ “ecopoetics” as an analytical framework that both encourages exploring the place of nature in black women’s writing and facilitates the method of close-reading and textual analysis of natural world imagery in black women’s writing. My critical engagement with Spencer’s poetry facilitates new readings of the natural world within black women’s literature and also highlights ecocriticism’s failure to take race, gender, and sexuality fully into account.
Ferrari, Carlyn E., "Do Not Separate Her From Her Garden: Anne Spencer's Ecopoetics" (2018). Doctoral Dissertations. 1237.
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