Chris Girard audio poem. Lady Applicant: The Lazarus is a multimedia installation and experiment in new media poetics that strategically re-imagines the authorial identity of renowned confessional poet Sylvia Plath. By presenting collaged audio and video recordings, the project radically questions the power traditionally associated with the authorial intention and deconstructs the author-function. Since Plath's suicide almost 50 years ago, she continues to be cast as a depressed wife and mother, the imperatives of this role still weighing heavy upon the production of her biography and the reception of her work. The collaging of audio and video clips reembodies Plath as an omnipresent ghost and shifts meaning away from an exclusive association with the tragically depressed, the pathologized Plath. But, instead of disembodying the writing entirely away from the author, the author function now wavers productively between Plath, reader/viewer and myself. The act of shifting references away from the author's life and intention enables the writing to become more open to alternate interpretation, more open to this new historical moment and audience.

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