Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)


Literary and Cultural Studies


Charles Palermo

Committee Members

Ann Marie Stock

Christopher J. MacGowan

Catherine Levesque


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

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