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The Resource Jane : a murder, Maggie Nelson

Jane : a murder, Maggie Nelson

Label
Jane : a murder
Title
Jane
Title remainder
a murder
Statement of responsibility
Maggie Nelson
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Jane tells the spectral story of the life and death of Maggie Nelson's aunt Jane, who was murdered in 1969 while a first-year law student at the University of Michigan. Though officially unsolved, Jane's murder was apparently the third in a series of seven brutal rape-murders in the area between 1967 and 1969. Nelson was born a few years after Jane's death, and the narrative is suffused with the long shadow her murder cast over both the family and her psyche. Jane explores the nature of this haunting incident via a collage of poetry, prose, dream-accounts, and documentary sources, including local and national newspapers, related "true crime" books such as The Michigan Murders and Killer Among Us, and fragments from Jane's own diaries written when she was 13 and 21. Its eight sections cover Jane's childhood and early adulthood, her murder and its investigation, the direct and diffuse effect of her death on Nelson's girlhood and sisterhood, and a trip to Michigan Nelson took with her mother (Jane's sister) to retrace the path of Jane's final hours. Each piece in Jane has its own form, and the movement from each piece to the next--along with the white space that surrounds each fragment--serve as important fissures, disrupting the tabloid, "page-turner" quality of the story, and eventually returning the reader to deeper questions about girlhood, empathy, identification, and the essentially unknowable aspects of another's life and death. Part elegy, part memoir, detective story, part meditation on violence (and serial, sexual violence in particular), and part conversation between the living and the dead, Jane's powerful and disturbing subject matter, combined with its innovations in genre, expands the notion of what poetry can do--what kind of stories it can tell, and how it can tell them
Cataloging source
YDXCP
Index
no index present
Literary form
poetry
Label
Jane : a murder, Maggie Nelson
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Poems
  • "Recipient of the 2016 MacArthur Fellowship"--Cover
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The light of the mind (four dreams) -- Figment -- How the journey was -- Order of events -- Some questions -- Two eclipses -- A simply stated story -- Epilogue
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
224 pages
Isbn
9781593766580
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)945232481
  • (OCoLC)ocn945232481
  • 401462
Label
Jane : a murder, Maggie Nelson
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Poems
  • "Recipient of the 2016 MacArthur Fellowship"--Cover
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The light of the mind (four dreams) -- Figment -- How the journey was -- Order of events -- Some questions -- Two eclipses -- A simply stated story -- Epilogue
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
224 pages
Isbn
9781593766580
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)945232481
  • (OCoLC)ocn945232481
  • 401462
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