“I was a stuffed toucan”: Poetic Self-Positioning in Robert Lowell’s Life Studies

Eva Brunner

Abstract


This paper addresses identity construction in Robert Lowell’s Life Studies. I argue that references to family, history and other poets indirectly inform the presented self image and call this process poetic self-positioning. In contrast to earlier psychoanalytical and biographical readings, this interpretation is based on the notion of narrative identity. Additionally, I stress the relevance of the concept of ‘emotion’ to identity constructions.

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