What to expect

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Kathryn O'Connor Murphy (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Stuart Dischell

Abstract: What to Expect explores the complex and turbulent experience of transitioning from girlhood to womanhood and is made up of three sections of approximately ten poems each. The first section focuses on the sexual awakening that occurs in early adolescence, wherein pleasure competes with shame and traditional notions of modesty. The second section further investigates what is expected versus what is felt/desired and introduces some of the more threatening and potentially traumatic aspects of being a young woman in the world. The third chapter delves deeper into psychological landscapes of early adulthood, exploring themes of loneliness and loss, and ending with a sense of empowerment derived from personal agency and familial love.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2017
Women $v Poetry
Sex role $v Poetry

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