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Title:Metacognitive poetics: Modernist reflections on the performance of thinking
Author(s):Penn, Darren
Director of Research:Newcomb, Tim
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Nelson, Cary
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Mahaffey, Vicki; Blake, Nancy
Department / Program:English
Discipline:English
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Poetry
Modernism
Poetics
Modernist
Modernist poetry
Modernist literature
Wallace Stevens
Mina Loy
Sara Teasdale
T.S. Eliot
Maritime
Oceanic
Silence
Music
Abstract:This dissertation demonstrates how modernist poets dramatize the dynamic, complex mental dispositions and sensibilities necessary for readers to comprehend the notorious difficultly of modernist literature and handle the maelstrom of modernity. Beginning with, perhaps, the most philosophically overt poet to write in the twentieth century, chapter one demonstrates how Wallace Stevens dramatizes human cognition as a musical, tense, and sensuous experience. Chapter two extends these themes of Stevnesian cognition by examining the implications of where Stevens locates his thinking. Chapter three focuses on the ways in which female poets Sara Teasdale and Mina Loy dramatize human cognition as an embodied experience and, consequently, help subvert the oppressive legacy of Cartesian dualism. Chapter four returns to Stevens, and pairs his work with T.S. Eliot, to examine the way silence shapes their understanding of thinking. These chapters demonstrate the ways in which modernist poetry enables readers to achieve the cognitive temperaments necessary to most productively engage modernist literate and navigate modernity.
Issue Date:2017-12-07
Type:Text
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/99500
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Darren Penn
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-03-13
2020-03-14
Date Deposited:2017-12


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