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.
Killian, Eryn Coffman, "How to Know the Animals: a Field Guide in Poetry" (2012). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 451.
anthropomorphism, prosopopoeia, dramatic monologue, poetry, animals, ecocriticism
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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