AbstractsPolitical Science

"Christabel" and the politics of fragmentation

by Calin Thomas Grajko

Institution: Rutgers University
Department: English
Degree: MA
Year: 2013
Keywords: Poststructuralism; Queer theory; Homosexuality in literature
Record ID: 1995029
Full text PDF: http://hdl.rutgers.edu/1782.1/rucore10005600001.ETD.000068571


This thesis attempts to situate Coleridge's “Christabel” as a text that exists at the intersection of 19th century Queer discourse and post-structural theory. By looking at “Christabel” as both a queer text and a fragment poem, this thesis makes the case that one type of discourse informs the other and the fragmentary nature of the poem echoes and supports analysis of “Christabel” as a queer text. It relies on the work of prominent writers on Romantic Fragment Poems as well as Derridean post-structural discourse as a theoretical model to understand Christabel's relationship with Geraldine and the fragmentary nature of the poem that obfuscates their relationship.