Abstract

Inspired by an interest in folklore, biology, and ecocriticism, this collection of dramatic monologue poetry seeks to develop voices for animals native to North America by drawing on their unique biological and mythic characteristics. The complex issues surrounding the use of anthropomorphism in biology and literature are examined, with the conclusion that while anthropomorphic portrayals of animals are fundamentally fictitious and should not be treated as reality, they are useful to the extent that they translate animal behavior into something we can recognize and therefore better understand and sympathize with.

Advisor

Bourne, Daniel

Department

English

Disciplines

Fiction

Publication Date

2012

Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis

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