Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

“The mirroring that binds into freedom”: Stevens, Jeffers, Heidegger and the inhuman
by Webb, C. Travis, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 78; 1472380
Abstract (Summary)

My analysis of the poets Robinson Jeffers and Wallace Stevens focuses on their respective use of the term inhuman. Both poets, though seldom compared, share a common preoccupation with the world's cold facticity—that there is a world independent of, and indeed, indifferent to the human.

In order to situate the two poets, I use Martin Heidegger as an interlocutor to explore how each of them deals with humanity's diminished stature in a post-Copernican, post-Darwinian universe.

Elaborating on Heidegger's ideas about caring and dwelling, I suggest that each poet's gesture towards the inhuman is in fact the most human gesture, an attempt to take care of the invisible, the lost; by reflecting the "the inhuman more," their poems work to set things free as they are.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hart, George
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American literature
Keywords: Heidegger, Martin, Jeffers, Robinson, Stevens, Wallace
Publication Number: 1472380
ISBN: 978-1-109-47713-9
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