Reclaiming the Mother Figure: Biography, Psychoanalysis, and Subjectivity in Robert Penn Warren's Poetry

dc.contributor.advisor Bradley, Patricia en_US Rivas, Sarah en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Renfroe, Alicia en_US
dc.contributor.department English en_US 2015-06-12T19:04:12Z 2015-06-12T19:04:12Z 2015-03-20 en_US
dc.description.abstract ABSTRACT en_US
dc.description.abstract Robert Penn Warren's poetry contains many significant mother figures; however, critics have largely overlooked these mothers, focusing instead on themes of fatherhood in Warren's poetry and on the manner in which Warren's relationship with his own father influenced his work. Though Warren's complex relationship with his father certainly impacted his poetry, his relationship with his mother Ruth Penn Warren was equally multifaceted, and parallels between the mothers of Warren's poetry and the life and character of Ruth Penn Warren are too marked too ignore. Reclaiming the mother figure in Warren's poetry and connecting these poetic mothers to Warren's personal experience can shed new critical light on entire collections such as Tale of Time (1966) and Being Here (1980). This study utilizes the works of Julia Kristeva, particularly Powers of Horror (1980) and Tales of Love (1983), as a critical and psychoanalytic framework from which to understand Warren's poetic preoccupation with motherhood. For Kristeva, the concept of motherhood is inherently tied to identity, subjectivity, and agency, themes to which Warren returns again and again throughout his poetry. This study demonstrates how Warren gains increased subjectivity as both a person and a poet through writing his mother into his poetry over the course of his career. en_US M.A. en_US
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject Kristeva en_US
dc.subject Mother en_US
dc.subject Poetry en_US
dc.subject Psychoanalysis en_US
dc.subject Robert Penn Warren en_US
dc.subject Ruth Penn Warren en_US
dc.subject.umi Literature en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters en_US
dc.title Reclaiming the Mother Figure: Biography, Psychoanalysis, and Subjectivity in Robert Penn Warren's Poetry en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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