Roaring girls, bogie wives, and the Queen of Sheba : dissidence, desire and dreamwork in the poetry of Kathleen Jamie

Kossick, Kaye (2001) Roaring girls, bogie wives, and the Queen of Sheba : dissidence, desire and dreamwork in the poetry of Kathleen Jamie. Studies in Scottish Literature, 32. pp. 195-212. ISSN 0039-3770

Full text not available from this repository. (Request a copy)
Official URL: http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/ssl/vol32/iss1/18/

Abstract

Although Kathleen Jamie’s stature as a writer is now increasingly consolidated by public acclaim, this article was written when she was a newly emergent talent in the post-Renaissance regiment of contemporary Scottish women poets, and represents the first sustained analysis of identity politics in her work. Three times marginalized, by gender, class and nationality, the emancipatory energies of Jamie’s writing are co-aligned and coterminous with her country’s drive towards autonomy. Jamie champions the freedom to be heterogeneous, to transgress discursive boundaries and, above all, to resist the monolithic forms of cultural essentialism. A prime stratagem in Jamie’s subversion of the status quo is her deployment of polyglossic, multifold and plural forms of poetic discourse in her witty, energetic defiance of the cultural bridle of ‘English-male-posh-grown-up-dead speech’ (Liz Lochhead’s phrase). Drawing on theories of ‘otherness’, performance and excess from Bakhtin, Butler, Kristeva and Irigaray, this study offers a provocative examination of Jamie’s subversive raids on the ‘twin colonisations; Maleness and Englishness’

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q200 Comparative Literary studies
R900 Others in European Languages, Literature and related subjects
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 27 May 2008 13:53
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:18
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3375

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics


Policies: NRL Policies | NRL University Deposit Policy | NRL Deposit Licence