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Women's Studies

Western Kentucky University

1993

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The Poetry Of Li-Young Lee: Identity, Androgyny & Feminism, Barbara Qualls Jul 1993

The Poetry Of Li-Young Lee: Identity, Androgyny & Feminism, Barbara Qualls

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In my investigation of Li-Young Lee's poetry, my concerns were two-fold: first, to find evidence of an androgynous quality or ideal; secondly, to demonstrate that ideal as authentically feminist. In the introduction, I investigate the feminist debate about the traditional definition and concept of androgyny, demonstrating the difference between the patriarchal traditional androgyny and the androgynous elements in Lee's poetry.

In Chapter Two, the rose as image and as symbol in Lee's poetry is examined and found to be strikingly androgynous as a symbol. As an image, however, it is more often than not used as a ...