Date Thesis Awarded

7-2012

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)

Department

Literary and Cultural Studies

Advisor

Charles Palermo

Committee Member

Ann Marie Stock

Committee Member

Christopher J. MacGowan

Committee Member

Catherine Levesque

Abstract

In this thesis, I examine how Williams reawakens Bruegel's past for us (the postmodern audience) through his own historicizing spirit and visual intelligence. Through the framework of Jauss' reception aesthetics, I discuss why Bruegel's work resonated with the modernist moment, and with the late poetry of William Carlos Williams in particular. My focus is the "Pictures from Brueghel" sequence, for which Williams was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1963. In the sequence, Williams attempts to fuse the design of painting and poem, and the result is a new "composite" that gives these old master paintings new light.

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Comments

Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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