2017 Student Research Conference:
30th Annual Student Research Conference

Chupa Mi Cabra: A Creative Study of Queer Identity through Surrealist Poetry

Sebastián G. Maldonado-Vélez
Dr. James D'Agostino, Faculty Mentor

During Summer 2016 I wrote a small poetry collection titled Chupa Mi Cabra as an exercise in surrealist techniques used to explore my personal relationship with gender. By engaging with the freedom found in the subconscious, surrealist work opens every subject matter even wider. As someone who identifies as gender fluid I experience gender as an ever-changing spectrum demonstrated by expression and self-understanding. By applying surrealist practices, such as automatic writing and echo poetry, to my thoughts about gender I was able to explore new ways of presenting genderqueer experiences in writing. These poems experiment with the limitation of language to represent gender fully in a way only contemporary surrealism could attempt. 

Keywords: Creative Writing, surrealism, poetry


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 403-4
Location: MG 1096
Time: 3:15

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