2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference


"We’re just poems, we are 90% metaphor": Sexual Politics in the Works of Sappho and Ani DiFranco
Shahrbonu J. Rezaiekhaligh
Dr. Bridget Thomas and Dr. Bob Mielke, Faculty Mentors

Through a comparative study of the works of Archaic Greek poet Sappho and contemporary American folksinger Ani DiFranco one may better understand sexual politics as a global and transhistorical movement. I use historical and literary analysis, with an emphasis on gender theory to look at the themes and underlying politics in both Sappho and DiFranco’s lyrics; I apply Kate Millet’s theory of sexual politics. Through the application of Millet’s theory I come to the conclusion that by analyzing literary sources from varying periods in history the evolution of sexual politics can be traced as a pancultural movement.

Keywords: Sappho, Folk Music, Gender Studies, Kate Millet, Sexual Politics, Interdisciplinary


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 54-1
Location: OP 2210
Time: 2:45 pm

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