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Cario Letter

Title: The Cario Letter.
Name(s): McClanaghan, Jen, author
Kirby, David, professor directing dissertation
Jolles, Adam, outside committee member
Hamby, Barbara, committee member
Mattoussi, Hedi, committee member
Epstein, Andrew, committee member
Department of English, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2009
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: My dissertation, The Cairo Letters, is a collection of poems that draws largely on the epistolary tradition. One section describes a series of letters I received from a first love living in Cairo, Egypt. They were long and lonesome and though I have the originals, the poems attempt to re-imagine what it felt like to receive these letters every day, while also telling the story of a dress shop owner in Cairo and her husband who lost his memory for six months after a car accident. The letters are intensely personal while also relating the most quotidian details of daily life and for this reason, for their engagement with present time, they become a metaphor for writing itself. Later sections take up the theme of forgetting, a type of disengagement or death, and the actual death of my father. In many ways this book is an elegy, making news of the private grief that is unforgettable and therefore universal.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-7193 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of English in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2009.
Date of Defense: May 11, 2009.
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: David Kirby, Professor Directing Dissertation; Adam Jolles, Outside Committee Member; Barbara Hamby, Committee Member; Hedi Mattoussi, Committee Member; Andrew Epstein, Committee Member.
Subject(s): English literature
English language
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Owner Institution: FSU

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