By Catherine Theis
Publication Date: 4/18/23
Hilda Doolittle operates primarily as a mythopoetic writer, rewriting the eternal dramas of myth into self- knowledge. She showcases female characters acting as Promethean boundary makers, speaking a new language into being. H.D.'s Dramatic Poetics illuminates how the creation of theatrical work functions as an important imaginative gateway, or portal, in the discovery of new poetic forms. It seeks, moreover, to enlarge feminist critical discussions of how a feminist visionary like H.D. contributes to what female narratives sound like both in lyric and theatrical traditions.
Catherine Theis‘ latest book, MEDEA (Plays Inverse, 2017) is an adaptation of the Euripides story. Her first book of poems is The Fraud of Good Sleep (Salt Modern Poets, 2011), followed by her chapbook, The June Cuckold, a tragedy in verse (Convulsive, 2012). Theis has received various fellowships and awards, most notably from the Illinois Arts Council, Del Amo Foundation, and the Gold Family Foundation. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she recently completed her doctoral studies in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. She also translates contemporary Italian poetry into English. Theis’ scholarly interests primarily focus on the intersection between translation, poetics, and performance studies.