Date of Award
College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, English and Literary Arts
Creative writing, Fiction
A novel and a critical preface. In the preface, the author attempts the first formation of an epistemological definition/description of weird within a literary contexts as well as the experience of weirdness itself. It analyzes works by authors Dennis Johnson and William Golding, among others, as well as number of extradiegetic examples, drawing on theorists Julia Kristeva, Tzvetan Todorov, Yuri Lotman and Aleksander Piatigorski, Jean-Paul Sartre, St. Augustine of Hippo, Georges Bataille, Maurice Blanchot, and Plato to articulate a poetics relevant to the novel—and to the weird. The poetics suggests that the experience of weirdness is a deformation of psychological, emotional, and conceptual givens, and as such may be either a danger to or a liberating of notions and definitions of identity. The novel, while it is its own autonomous work, attempts to enact forms of weirdness across multiple registers such as described in the preface.
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Adam Seth Dunham
Received from author
Dunham, Adam Seth, "Whalelight: A Sounding" (2014). Restricted Access ETDs. 33.