Date Thesis Awarded


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Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)




Christopher J. MacGowan

Committee Members

Thomas Heacox

Robert St. Clair

Henry Hart


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 In my thesis, I examine Stevens' drafts and unpublished manuscripts, as well as his body of poetic work, letters, essays, reviews, journal entries, and interviews, to explore in particular the way this search for a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.

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

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