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6. The Woman Who Shopped
About this Lecture
In this module, we explore the fifth poem in the collection, ‘The Woman Who Shopped’, focusing in particular on: (i) Duffy’s use of language and her clever, unexpected internal rhymes (“smell … Chanel”); (ii) the independence and agency of the woman, who can buy, have, do whatever she likes; and (iii) the transformation of the woman from the first half of the poem to the second, and the moral (if any) of the story.
In this course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Carol Ann Duffy’s 2002 collection, ‘Feminine Gospels’. After an introductory module in which we think about the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy in general and the collection as a whole – and especially the implications of its title – the course continues with a reading and analysis of each of the twenty-one poems in the collection, one by one.
John McRae is Special Professor of Language in Literature Studies and Teaching Associate in the School of English at Nottingham University, and holds Visiting Professorships in China, Malaysia, Spain and the USA. He is co-author of The Routledge History of Literature in English with Ron Carter, and also wrote The Language of Poetry, Literature with a Small 'l' and the first critical edition of Teleny by Oscar Wilde and others.
Cite this Lecture
McRae, J. (2019, December 06). Carol Ann Duffy: Feminine Gospels - The Woman Who Shopped [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/carol-ann-duffy-feminine-gospels/the-woman-who-shopped
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