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Annihilation, Negation, and Revelation

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Material Information

Title: Annihilation, Negation, and Revelation Deconstructive Trauma and the Mysterious/Unknown in the Works of Emily Dickinson and Flannery O'Connor
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Pinckney, Megan Kathleen
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2005
Publication Date: 2005

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Trauma
Revelation
Negative Space
Dickinson, Emily
O'Connot, Flannery
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: In this study I note common themes of violence, destruction, and death in the works of Flannery O'Connor and Emily Dickinson. Paradoxically, traumatic experience--times when cognitive function, referential abilities, and spatiotemporal orientation disintegrate--often leads to revelation. The authors use of the sexual metaphor, and the positing of negatives spaces in the text, are two devices that link such disparate themes as destruction and creation, the annihilation of meaning and the birth of transcendent knowledge. In Chapter I, I argue that various binary oppositions such as agony and ecstasy, creation and destruction, death and life (sex) arise within Dickinson's poetry, representing the speaker's fluctuating psychic states and her perception of reality. They take on a life of their own, interacting with one another, pulling and pushing against their opposites, and tearing the speaker between them. As she faces situations or ideas that unite opposing themes--paradoxes and existential crises--the speaker is annihilated and enters a negative state of unknowability. She embraces unknown truths and mysterious paradoxes in order to achieve revelation. In Chapter II, I explore three of Flannery O'Connor's short stories in which the protagonists create their own personal symbolic orders consisting of metaphors of self, social positions, and possessions, that take form in material symbols or objects in their environment. Violence destroys the physical and ruptures the symbolic order. It shocks and disorients the characters' psyches, deconstructs the symbolic significance of their world, and causes them to realize the absence within their lives and their selves. In all that they are not, humans understand the necessity of God.
Statement of Responsibility: by Megan Kathleen Pinckney
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2005
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Dimino, Andrea

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2005 P6
System ID: NCFE003557:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003557/00001

Material Information

Title: Annihilation, Negation, and Revelation Deconstructive Trauma and the Mysterious/Unknown in the Works of Emily Dickinson and Flannery O'Connor
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Pinckney, Megan Kathleen
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2005
Publication Date: 2005

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Trauma
Revelation
Negative Space
Dickinson, Emily
O'Connot, Flannery
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: In this study I note common themes of violence, destruction, and death in the works of Flannery O'Connor and Emily Dickinson. Paradoxically, traumatic experience--times when cognitive function, referential abilities, and spatiotemporal orientation disintegrate--often leads to revelation. The authors use of the sexual metaphor, and the positing of negatives spaces in the text, are two devices that link such disparate themes as destruction and creation, the annihilation of meaning and the birth of transcendent knowledge. In Chapter I, I argue that various binary oppositions such as agony and ecstasy, creation and destruction, death and life (sex) arise within Dickinson's poetry, representing the speaker's fluctuating psychic states and her perception of reality. They take on a life of their own, interacting with one another, pulling and pushing against their opposites, and tearing the speaker between them. As she faces situations or ideas that unite opposing themes--paradoxes and existential crises--the speaker is annihilated and enters a negative state of unknowability. She embraces unknown truths and mysterious paradoxes in order to achieve revelation. In Chapter II, I explore three of Flannery O'Connor's short stories in which the protagonists create their own personal symbolic orders consisting of metaphors of self, social positions, and possessions, that take form in material symbols or objects in their environment. Violence destroys the physical and ruptures the symbolic order. It shocks and disorients the characters' psyches, deconstructs the symbolic significance of their world, and causes them to realize the absence within their lives and their selves. In all that they are not, humans understand the necessity of God.
Statement of Responsibility: by Megan Kathleen Pinckney
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2005
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Dimino, Andrea

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2005 P6
System ID: NCFE003557:00001

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