M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of English
Oliver, Mary, 1935- Poems Selections||Literature||Rhetoric||Poetry--Women authors
This master's thesis examines the poetry of Mary Oliver in the light of rhetorical deliberation as sketched out by Bryan Garsten. Oliver's work exemplifies what a private, instead of public, deliberative process could look like. The methodology used is that set forth by Jacqueline Jones Royster and Gesa E. Kirsch whose feminist approach uses four different deliberative strategies---globalization, social circulation, strategic contemplation, and critical imagination---that encourage looking at women's work as broadly as possible. Applied together to Oliver's work, Garsten's theory of rhetorical deliberation and Royster and Kirsch's methodology reveal that Oliver's poetry encourages readers to engage in close observations of their surroundings as a means of deliberating about the relationship between nature and humanity and how they can expand their cultural perspectives.
Altman, Jennifer, "Poetry as rhetorical deliberation in the work of Mary Oliver : the necessity to actively observe" (2015). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 4419.
Northern Illinois University
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