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A Jaussian reading of Isaac Rosenberg


2010 2010

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This thesis examines how two audiences – Jewish and non-Jewish – received the poetry of Isaac Rosenberg (1890–1918) and probes Rosenberg's shifting place in the World War I poetry canon. The tool for this analysis is Jaussian Reception Theory, which looks at how audience responses to his works have changed over time. Jauss premises that we understand our own culture better if we are alert to the nuances, the uncertainties, the contradictions, and the undecidability of our own signifying practices; he emphasizes the complexities of the signification process, and the ways in which signification recruits people to specific values and also how it challenges those values. This thesis concludes that the anti-orthodox, anti-heroic, graphic details of Rosenberg's poetry initially caused it to fit uncomfortably in the English canon but effectively challenged the values of English and American readers enough to cause its eventual emergence as a definitive expression of modern warfare.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Literature;
British and Irish literature
Classification
0401: Literature
0593: British and Irish literature
Identifier / keyword
Language, literature and linguistics
Title
A Jaussian reading of Isaac Rosenberg
Author
Deike-Sims, Cynthia L.
Number of pages
60
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0922
Source
MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124501109
Advisor
Moore, Judith
University/institution
University of Alaska Anchorage
University location
United States -- Alaska
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1490089
ProQuest document ID
858373215
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/858373215
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