Gender Studies Research Workshop: HEAD-CASE


Location: O'Shaughnessy, Room 339

Carina Finn, creative writing MFA student

Finn will give a reading from her new piece, HEAD-CASE, which was commissioned by Patasola Press for their forthcoming “Anthology of Mythology.” Patasola Press is dedicated to publishing under-represented voices, especially females, and is, thus, the perfect fit for what Finn describes as “a narrative from the perspective of the Titaness Metis." When the Titaness became pregnant with Athena, a prophecy foretold that her child would usurp Zeus, so he ate her. The Titaness proceeded to advise Zeus from inside his stomach, all the while crafting Athena’s armor so that she could emerge from Zeus a fully-formed warrior. Following her reading, Finn will discuss the theories that inform this piece, with special attention paid to maternal theory, the role of the mother in myths, and a consideration of Athena as the motherless goddess.

Carina Finn is a second-year poetry MFA and works as the graduate assistant at Notre Dame’s Multicultural Student Programs and Services. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Gaga Stigmata, TYPO, SUPERMACHINE, Lyre Lyre, alice blue, CutBank, and others. She’s interested in writing formally inventive theory and criticism about contemporary poetry, fashion, teenage girls and their mothers, the 80s, the 90s, deleuze, theatre, glitter, etc.