Date of Degree

6-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Program

Liberal Studies

Advisor

Matthew K. Gold

Subject Categories

Literature in English, North America

Keywords

Post-conceptualism, poetry, Beckett, Marquis de Sade

Abstract

These three chapters take as their focus the emergent movement of post-conceptual poetry. The first chapter, “What is Post-conceptual Poetry?,” attempts to delineate the varying definitions of post-conceptualism offered by four critics (Felix Bernstein, Diana Hamilton, Vanessa Place, and Robert Fitterman). Finding none of these to be satisfactory, I turn towards the delineation of my own definition of post-conceptualism in the second chapter, “Beckett contra Sade: Two Kinds of Repetition,” which asserts that post-conceptualism may derive a sort of cohesive political agenda from its rejection of both Sadean and Beckettian repetition. “Between the Cloud and the Page,” the third chapter, argues that we can approach post-conceptualism through the lens of textuality. I assert that the post-conceptual text lives in the expanse between immaterial ideas (what one can call the “cloud”) and the physicality of words on the page. Therefore, the aesthetics of post-conceptualism can be said to be an agglomeration of tactics employed by what I believe to be the ideologically opposed movements of L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E and conceptual poetics.

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