Female Sexuality, Desire and Writing as Reflected in the Poetry of Carol Ann Duffy

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  • Spandita Das PG Student and UGC NET JRF Qualifier, Department of English School of Humanities, University of Hyderabad (Central University), Hyderabad, India

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https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v8i7.10663

Abstract

This study attempts to explore the heterogeneity of desires and sexualities as reflected in Carol Ann Duffy’s poetry. I show (a) how she simultaneously depicts both lesbian and heterosexual desires and (b) also addresses their problematic aspects. I argue that (c) female subjectivities are constructed both through wives’ monologues about their male partners as in heterosexual marriages and through men’s reflection upon women in male-voiced monologues as well. But I also (d) examine poems where the expression of desire in language and—not the sexed subjects—is her principal aim. Yet in the light of my previous exposition on female subjectivities, I refuse to reduce her various sexual positions to mere linguistic constructs. Finally I demonstrate (e) how her equal employment of ‘soft’ and ‘tough’ words veers from any systematic development of a pure ‘common’ female language.

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2020-07-22