Objects and phenomenologies in thepoetry of Zbigniew Herbert and Wallace Stevens

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Objects and phenomenologies in thepoetry of Zbigniew Herbert and Wallace Stevens

Title: Objects and phenomenologies in thepoetry of Zbigniew Herbert and Wallace Stevens
Author: Marzec, Maciej
Issue Date: 2016-08-31
Keywords: Wallace Stevens
Zbigniew Herbert
Graham Harman
alien phenomenology
object-oriented ontology
speculative realism
Abstract: In this thesis I examine the poetic works of Zbigniew Herbert and Wallace Stevens through the lenses of object-oriented ontology of Graham Harman and alien phenomenology of Ian Bogost. I demonstrate how those philosophical positions can open new interpretative possibilities for poetry. I show how Herbert's poetry depicts objects and their relationship with humans. In particular I focus on the question of independence of object and I show how Herbert can broaden the ontological understanding of independence with an ethical component. In the case of Wallace Stevens I demonstrate how his poems could be read as simulations of consciousness of various non-human beings. In particular I focus on the analysis of conditions of such simulation – what makes it possible to simulate non-human being's experiences, what are the limits of such simulation and how such simulation affects the ontological nature of simulated beings.
Supervisor: Boletsi, Maria
Faculty: Faculty of HumanitiesResearch master thesis
Department: Literary Studies (Research master)
ECTS Credits: 25
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/42824
 

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