Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

California Metaphysics
by Liu, Andrew, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2020, 115; 27960637
Abstract (Summary)

California Metaphysics is a collection of poetry and aesthetic theory written between Fall 2018 and Spring 2020. The front matter addresses how my primary motivation for writing poetry is to explore the balance between reality and fantasy in the modern world. In today’s capitalistic society, work and play are ordered into a dichotomy that separates waking and dreaming life of labor and imagination. Labor is separated into a hierarchy of legitimate and illegitimate, devaluing emotional and imaginative labor and systemically ignoring the value of play. This work/play dichotomy operates like the Madonna-whore dichotomy, identified by feminist psychoanalysis, in that it reinforces capitalist conceptions of legitimate labor versus illegitimate labor. Using motifs of myth, my poetry aims to critique this fundamental separation between fantasy and reality, adult and child, work and play, inner and outer life. My reasons for doing so rely on theories of poetics articulating how the imaginative life of a child is subordinated under the larger narrative of adult labor.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Seyburn-Little, Patricia
Commitee: Webb, Charles, Blankley, Elyse
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: English
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 82/4(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: British and Irish literature, American literature
Keywords: Aesthetic theory, Poetry
Publication Number: 27960637
ISBN: 9798684688867
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