The Heart of the Matter: Poems Inspired by Civil Rights Movement Photographs

dc.contributor.advisor Dubek, Laura Lortie, StarShield
dc.contributor.committeemember Brantley, Will
dc.contributor.department English en_US 2016-12-21T20:25:43Z 2016-12-21T20:25:43Z 2016-10-24
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores and expands the consensus narrative of the American Civil Rights Movement through a collection of original poems inspired by civil rights photographs. My purpose was to gain a better understanding of the civil rights movement, the literature written about and because of the movement, and in particular, how images and text interact, allowing for a deeper engagement on the part of the individual reader. The poems are introduced by a creative process narrative that frames the poetry as a response to the call, initiated by Julie Armstrong in her introduction to The Cambridge Companion to American Civil Rights Literature (2015), to transform silence into action. The creative process narrative also documents my own growth in understanding that process of transformation in terms of the perpetual choice between freedom and fear. Taken together, the narrative essay, photographs, poems, and bibliography participate in what Armstrong calls the “new civil rights studies.” M.A.
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject Civil rights
dc.subject Civil rights literature
dc.subject Photographs
dc.subject Poetry
dc.subject.umi African American studies
dc.subject.umi Creative writing
dc.subject.umi English literature
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters
dc.title The Heart of the Matter: Poems Inspired by Civil Rights Movement Photographs
dc.type Thesis
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