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Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Guess, Carol, 1968-
Magee, Kelly, 1976-
Lundeen, Kathleen, 1951-
This project utilizes hybrid poetry and short fiction to examine the story of Jephthah's daughter from the book of Judges. It offers a revised translation of the Biblical text and reimagines the consequences of Jephthah's actions. It does this through fragmented poetry, a form which allows the reader to imagine the inner workings of multiple narrators at once. It concludes with an examination of trauma as witnessed through inanimate objects. It derives much of its inspiration from the works of Carol Guess and Anne Carson.
Western Washington University
Subjects – Names (LCNAF)
Jephthah's daughter (Biblical figure); Jephthah (Biblical judge)
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Lohafer, Jessica E., "An ordinary bird: translating trauma in the old testament with hybrid poetry" (2014). WWU Masters Thesis Collection. 342.