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Olga Broumas: Greek in an American Voice © Jill Game Carraway, 2007 All Rights Reserved
Carraway, Jill Game
Olga Broumas is a writer of complex poetry that resists many established conventions of written poetry. She is also the translator from Greek into English of the poetry of Nobel Laureate Odysseas Elytis. Born in Greece, she writes in her second language, English. Her poetry, influenced by her Greek heritage, tends toward the abstract and focuses on themes relevant to women’s lives. She is recognized for collaborative composition of poetry with other writers. Unabashedly erotic, one of her well known themes is women’s love for each other. This thesis focuses on the book, Sappho’s Gymnasium, collaboratively written by Olga Broumas and T Begley, with special emphasis on the book-length poem “Prayerfields.” The thesis reveals continuity and connection with a literary tradition that originates from fragmented remnants of poetry attributed to the Sappho of Greek antiquity. Beginning with a principle drawn from one of Sappho’s last collected fragments, Broumas and Begley write of women’s ability to acknowledge such difficult issues as the pain of incest and how to cope with the pain from a transformative stance of strength. Inspired by the fragmentary poetic heritage of Sappho, Broumas and Begley employ innovative composition strategies that include word placement, invented words, sentence fragments and varied poetic forms to approximate unspeakable emotion. © Jill Game Carraway, 2007 All Rights Reserved
American Poetry
Lesbian Writing
Olga Broumas
Women's Poetry
jill@wfu.edu (authorEmail)
Mary K. DeShazer, Ph.D., Advisor (committee member)
Sarah E. Barbour, Ph.D. (committee member)
Olga L. Valbuena, Ph.D. (committee member)
Carraway, Jill Game
2008-09-28T10:54:12Z (accessioned)
2010-06-18T18:58:22Z (accessioned)
2009-01-30 (available)
2008-09-28T10:54:12Z (available)
2010-06-18T18:58:22Z (available)
2007 (issued)
null (defenseDate)
MALS (Liberal Studies) (discipline)
Wake Forest University (grantor)
MALS (level)
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/14759 (uri)
etd-12132007-103113 (oldETDId)
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