Date of Award

5-6-2019

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

English

First Advisor

Dr. Beth Gylys

Second Advisor

Dr. David Bottoms

Third Advisor

Prof. Josh Russel

Abstract

Sacraments of Desire is a collection of poems that explores the immigrant experience, dislocation, language, exile, third world identity, as well as elements of the Roma and Jewish persecution during the WWII period particularly its aftermath -- the fall of the Iron Curtain and the rise/fall of Communism. This is done through the lens of first-person accounts, personal histories, Lacan’s theories of psychosexual development and jouissance, in addition to exploration and reinvention of myths from both ancient Greek culture and the Christian tradition.

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