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Ornamental Aesthetics: The Poetry of Attending in Thoreau, Dickinson, and Whitman

Theo Davis

Abstract

This book argues that ornamental aesthetics are central to the writing of Thoreau, Dickinson, and Whitman. It explores the stakes of such an ornamental aesthetics through a parallel investigation of the ornamental aspects of Heidegger’s phenomenological philosophy. It advances a new theory of ornament as a practice of attending, honoring, and noticing, in contrast to more familiar theories in which materiality, handcrafting, or historical grounding are emphasized. Literary criticism and theory are largely organized around a representational core, in which materially embodied forms are interpre ... More

Keywords: phenomenology, aesthetics, ornamentation, poetry, Buddhism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190467517
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190467517.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Theo Davis, author
Northeastern University