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Towards a post-projective poetics

O'Connor, Wanda 2018. Towards a post-projective poetics. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.
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This thesis introduces the beginnings of a new poetics called “Post-Projective” which brings forward Charles Olson’s theory of the ‘projective field’ to enter a new space where accumulation is the driving force. Within the new ‘archival field’, poems draw materials from an ever-producing archive, encouraging repetition and non-closure. In not knowing what will emerge from the archival process, the post-projective poem responds to sites of ‘excess’ and to the experience of ‘thrownness’ – that condition of being that both ‘throws forward’ and ‘throws back’, by exploring the primary considerations of the archival field. Activities of this overdetermined page displace the occupation of reading, as narrative is often hindered or delayed by the expanded ‘field of observation’ that a post-projective framework admits. This thesis presents an emerging poetics alongside my own poetry, where I position my work as responding to the post-projective while at once exploring the poetries of contemporary poets Susan Howe and Rachel Blau DuPlessis, who I claim are working ina shared field. Throughout discussions of individual poems, ideas of order and sequential narrative are traded for memory and disruption, where the post-projective method invites the poem to allow materials of the archival field to combine intuitively and without a governing force. This creative-critical study contributes to the research areas of Creative and Critical Writing and English Literature.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 March 2019
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2022 02:13

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