Wise Woman/Mad Woman

  • Rosemary Corcoran

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


In this essay, I will discuss how my research into witchcraft, feminism, and the tarot informed my poetry sequence, Wise Woman/Mad Woman. I will discuss form, technique, and structure, using contemporary poetry that alludes to witchcraft and related themes to show how my work both fits into and is distinctive in context. I will then reflect on the success of my collection overall.

Wise Woman/Mad Woman explores, in part, women reclaiming the name ‘Witch’, and how this coincides with the rise of feminism. I am a witch and a feminist, and many people of my generation have claimed both labels. I believe that calling yourself ‘Witch’ reclaims female narratives that were once used to belittle women. I have chosen to explore these narratives in my collection, taking inspiration from mythology, folklore, and fairy tales from around the world.
Date of Award2023
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorJames Underwood (Co-Supervisor) & Stephen Ely (Co-Supervisor)

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