Date of Award

1-1-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

English

First Advisor

W. S. Howard

Keywords

Cole Swensen, Daniel Dennett, Experimental Writing, Multiple Drafts Model, Philosophy of Mind, Poetics

Abstract

This project compares the operational methods of three of Cole Swensen's books of poetry (Such Rich Hour, Try, and Goest) with ways in which the human mind and consciousness function. I use Daniel Dennett's Multiple Drafts Model of consciousness, as described in Consciousness Explained, alongside concepts presented in several other philosophical works (from both analytic and continental traditions), to demonstrate that significant similarities exist between the operations of poetry and consciousness in general, and that these operational similarities are especially noticeable in Swensen's work. This thesis examines several operational modes that are present within the human mind (intentionality, phenomenological perception, a materialist process of formation, etc.), as they are contingent upon the Multiple Drafts Model, and constructs a theory of how these same concepts and principles function within Swensen's poetic texts.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Connor Ryan Kreimeyer Fisher

File size

72 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Modern literature, Philosophy, American literature

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