Date Thesis Awarded
Honors Thesis -- Open Access
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Christopher J. MacGowan
Robert St. Clair
Wallace Stevens' poetry is known for its exploration of imagination and meditation as part of the search for what he called the "supreme fiction." This potential fiction, necessary in Stevens' view for the modern age, would replace the myth-remnants of past religions, vestigial beliefs and mythologies which could no longer satisfy. In my thesis, I examine Stevens' drafts and unpublished manuscripts, as well as his body of poetic work, letters, essays, reviews, journal entries, and interviews, to explore in particular the way this search for a sustaining but temporary fiction incorporates the intersection of his claims for religious belief, love, and art.
Aylor, Emma Carter, ""The vernacular of light": Wallace Stevens' Constructions of Belief" (2013). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 601.
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