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"Daughterlands": Personal and Political Mappings in Scottish Women’s Poetry

Norquay, G (2020) "Daughterlands": Personal and Political Mappings in Scottish Women’s Poetry. Contemporary Women's Writing. ISSN 1754-1476

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Abstract

Scottish women’s poetry in recent years has evinced an interest in mapping daughterhood, frequently through linguistic negatives that challenge binary thinking. This essay argues that such “daughterlands” offer an imaginative alternative to the more familiar “motherland”: encompassing past, present, and future and positioning women in multiple roles, they have played a transformative role in the poetic imagining of “Scotland” in the new millennium. The essay considers the deployment of daughterly spaces by influential writers such as Carol Ann Duffy, Liz Lochhead, Jackie Kay, and Kathleen Jamie and then traces more recent instantiations by a younger generation of poets such as Claire Askew, Theresa Muñoz, and Em Strang. In conclusion, it demonstrates the experiential and metaphoric potential of daughterhood for shaping broad political thinking in an explicitly public poem by Kay.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Contemporary Women's Writing following peer review. The version of record Glenda Norquay, “Daughterlands”: Personal and Political Mappings in Scottish Women’s Poetry, Contemporary Women's Writing, 2020;, vpaa024 is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/cww/vpaa024
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2005 Literary Studies
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2020 09:22
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 07:28
Editors: Jones, C and McCulloch, F
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12751

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