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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Consume Her weaves the threads of autobiographical accounts of restaurant service work, the history of the American circus, and the thematic mechanisms of reality television. The collection seeks to investigate, through a critique of late-stage capitalism, the ways in which love, desire, trauma, entertainment, and leisure have been commodified. The common denominator of these poems is consumption, specifically a critical look into the linguistic and historical nuances of consumption. The poems are not formally arranged into sections but are linked through series arcs, loosely grouped into the following thematic categories: Restaurant/Food, The Circus, and Reality TV. At their core, the common denominator of these poems is the idea of spectacle as an intentional shift in attention—how we distract and are distracted and what we see and do not (or are not meant to).
Chavatel, Caroline, "Consume Her." Dissertation, Georgia State University, 2023.
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