Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Neurosity: The Speed a Dandelion Burns
by Pham, Jacqueline Nha Thanh, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 94; 1523264
Abstract (Summary)

Neurosity: The Speed a Dandelion Burns, is a single, book-length poem that meditates on the existential awareness of negating absence through neurotic repetition of defining and redefining. My personal aesthetics encompass influences by Gertrude Stein, Charles Simic, Judith Butler, and Frank O'Hara. By negating absence I destabilize the fixed nature of focal points on present subjects and unveil language's performativity. Neurotic repetition and linguistic velocity are mantra-like statements that connect two distinct realities. "Neurosity" is a word I created to synthesize the words "neurosis" and "velocity." My poetic imagination is not interested in what is present in gender, racial, ethnic, sexual, class identities nor psychological states, but what is absent, or more importantly, how presence might be defined by synesthetic renderings of absence. The rapid immolation of a dandelion, a flowerlike weed, represents the delicate linguistic velocity and disambiguation that each .piece of this collection encapsulates.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Seyburn-Little, Patricia
Commitee: Hultgren, Neil, Mohr, William
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: English
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American literature, Creative writing
Keywords: Linguistic performance, Neurosity, Neurotic velocity, Neurotica, Original writing, Synesthesia
Publication Number: 1523264
ISBN: 978-1-303-20728-0
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