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Reflexive Figurality In The Poetry Of Blake, Wordsworth, Ashbery And A.R. Ammons

dc.contributor.authorZukovic, Braden_US
dc.contributor.chairChase, Cynthiaen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCuller, Jonathan Dwighten_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGilbert, Roger Stephenen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-07-28T19:24:36Z
dc.date.available2019-05-26T06:01:23Z
dc.date.issued2014-05-25en_US
dc.description.abstractThis study examines figures that modify the meta-language that defines, rationalizes and constrains them. Reflexive figures interrupt meaning-and incorporate that interruption as meaning. They index power (rather than figuring it), setting up the self-reference of tropological language as a central problem in the poetry of William Wordsworth and William Blake, inherited by John Ashbery and A.R. Ammons. For these poets, reflexive figures stage an encounter of figural imagination (or language) with power, conceived as external to language, or alternatively, as the creativity of language itself. Such figures situate the renewal, regeneration or renovation of language and imagination, and in late 20th century literary theory, they have become integral to notions of the linguistic turn, and the irrational signature of power produced when language folds onto itself. The study reads key passages of Blake's major and minor prophecies, along with his shorter poems, major sections of Wordsworth's Prelude and ! poetry spanning the careers of Ashbery and Ammons. I conclude by examining the abstract algebra of Wordsworth's friend, the seminal nineteenth century scientist William Rowan Hamilton, and its implications for contemporary notions of the "language of language." !en_US
dc.identifier.otherbibid: 8641101
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1813/37025
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectreflexiveen_US
dc.subjectfiguralityen_US
dc.subjectblakeen_US
dc.subjectwordsworthen_US
dc.subjectashberyen_US
dc.subjectammonsen_US
dc.titleReflexive Figurality In The Poetry Of Blake, Wordsworth, Ashbery And A.R. Ammonsen_US
dc.typedissertation or thesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglish Language and Literature
thesis.degree.grantorCornell Universityen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctor of Philosophy
thesis.degree.namePh. D., English Language and Literature

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