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dc.contributor.authorTracy, Daleen
dc.date2013-06-18 10:21:39.793
dc.date.accessioned2013-06-18T15:03:08Z
dc.date.issued2013-06-18
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1974/8082
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D, English) -- Queen's University, 2013-06-18 10:21:39.793en
dc.description.abstractI read witness poetry as a model of response to suffering. Compassion is feeling together with another. Compassion is, then, opposed to empathy’s feeling as another. Compassion can be better understood through the witness poetry that privileges metonymical relationships in which readers are contiguously positioned in relationship to a speaker. This emphasis on relationship can be contrasted to the collapse of relationship in identification in which a reader reads as though he or she is the lyric I, the poetic voice, rather than a listener. I discuss this reader-as-listener in contrast to the trauma studies-influenced discourse surrounding witness poetry, a discourse which focuses on indexical poetic evidence of a poet’s wounds and the transferability of the poet’s trauma to readers. Compassionate response, as demonstrated by this poetry, is premised on a recognition of one’s intimacy with or distance from that which one witnesses. Distance is not synonymous with disengagement, but rather with the space of relationship through which connection and consideration is possible. All intimacy involves some distance; the two are not opposites, but a continuum. Witness involves waiting: response derives from the time of relation through which it might form. This waiting has reflection as its retrospective partner. Together, they form commemoration, which brings reflection into future and communal celebration and remembrance. Com-memoration is linked to com-passion in this communal element. My project engages witness poetry as a communal form inviting feeling in community, response to widespread suffering, and the establishment of relationship and connection.en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCanadian thesesen
dc.rightsThis publication is made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws without written authority from the copyright owner.en
dc.subjectCompassionen
dc.subjectWitnessen
dc.subjectMetonymyen
dc.subjectWaitingen
dc.subjectIntimacyen
dc.subjectSufferingen
dc.subjectPoetryen
dc.titleCompassion and its Contiguities: Witness Poetry and Metonymic Reponseen
dc.typethesisen
dc.description.restricted-thesisI wish to publish my thesis as a monograph.en
dc.description.degreePhDen
dc.contributor.supervisorSnediker, Michaelen
dc.contributor.departmentEnglishen
dc.embargo.terms1825en
dc.embargo.liftdate2018-06-17
dc.degree.grantorQueen's University at Kingstonen


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