Oral 8: Caitlin Silianoff – Objectified: Bodily Fragmentation in the Metaphysical Conceit

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Faculty mentor: Chris Mead

My Honors thesis investigates bodily fragmentation and metaphoric direction in seventeenth-century poetry. I focus in particular on John Donne and Richard Crashaw, two contemporaneous metaphysical poets with a common tendency to animate and mobilize detached body parts in service of their poetic themes. This project engages with and tests the limits of Object-Oriented Ontology to explain the use of bodily imagery in relation to emotional and spiritual subjects.

Watch my research presentation below.
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Questions or comments? Contact me at: caitlin.silianoff@utah.edu

View my Presentation Slides HERE

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