2004 Student Research Conference:
17th Annual Student Research Conference

Language & Literature

We shape the landscape; the landscape shapes us: An exploration through poetry
Dana L. Kuhnline♦
Dr. Bob Mielke, Faculty Mentor

In an effort to examine the relationship between our bodies, our selves, and the world around us, I have conducted a study via poetry. I am incorporating memories and experiences, both as a female and a child growing up in a small Midwestern town, folk tales that we learn as children and adults, and scientific theories into this study. All of these ideas work together with philosophical theories of embodiment alongside whimsical imaginings in a series of 10 poems. These poems are set over a space of several summers, and seek to explore the way that traveling affects our relationship with the landscape around us. Escaping from normalcy into the long roads of America can hold an almost magical ability to heal.

Keywords: poetry, landscape, travel, poems, environment, gender, highway


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 35-1
Location: VH 1412
Time: 2:15

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