Date of Submission

Spring 2016

Academic Programs and Concentrations

Division of Languages and Literature; Literature; Division of Social Studies; Philosophy

Project Advisor 1

Ruth Zisman

Project Advisor 2

Thomas Bartscherer

Abstract/Artist's Statement

This project is focused on the theme of beginning. The first chapter is a reading of Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time as an attempt at beginning a new ontology that understands itself as a construct that must be, to quote Heidegger, “critical against itself.” The second chapter is a reading of three of Nietzsche's metaphors as a way of both examining and enacting a beginning. The third chapter is concerned with Mallarmé’s revolution of poetic form in Un coup de Dés, which enacts a new beginning on which the poem reflects through its images and form. Through an understanding of the act of beginning as a moment of exclusion, I examine how these three authors each struggle with the problem of what and how their own thought and work begin, leading me to ask questions about beginning both in my own work and in general.

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