Date of Submission

Spring 2018

Academic Programs and Concentrations

Literature; Philosophy

Project Advisor 1

Odile Chilton

Project Advisor 2

Marina van Zuylen

Abstract/Artist's Statement

This project is a collection and absorption of concepts and frameworks drawn from centuries of thought. Indebted to the past, this philosophical and literary journey seeks to elucidate a productive path to follow in the wake of the “moment,” derived from Du Bois’ “double consciousness.” This split second explosion, resulting in the severance of the conception of the self from the world’s perception of the self, places one in the position of either submitting voluntarily to the dominant forces or producing and creating something, anything, to aid in the search for understanding the self. The transitive property of a split existence is a unique framework in itself, a previously nonexistent state of being in which everything is questioned. The framework I intended to create is built out of a reconstruction, reorganization, and reconceptualization of language and theory in an effort to draw out some of the most influential and valuable suggestions buried in an array of texts. Spanning continents and centuries, the contributors to my framework do not resemble each other in linguistic expression or personhood, though they have all (as we all will) experienced the moment.

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