This thesis focuses primarily on W. H. Auden’s last book-length poem, The Age of Anxiety, as well as several of Auden’s shorter poems extending throughout the modern, anxiety-ridden age. My second chapter argues that Auden blurs the distinctions between mythology and history and asserts that history is truly more subjective than seemingly objective, while my third chapter discusses Auden’s liminality between psychoanalysis and theology. After Auden’s conversion to the Anglican faith in 1939, Auden transitions from a Freudian to a more Jungian discourse, since Jung’s psychoanalyses incorporate theology, while Freud’s theories use psychoanalysis to determine religion’s implausibility. This thesis maintains that Auden presents readers with various antitheses throughout his canon as a way to challenge us to decipher beyond a binate understanding of larger, existential ideas and suggest, instead, that these ideas’ significance reside in liminality rather than in opposition.
|Commitee:||Hart, George, Lopez, Dennis|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||British and Irish literature|
|Keywords:||Auden, W. H., History, Mythology, Psychoanalysis, The age of anxiety, Theology|
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