The Satanic Self in Chaucer, Milton, and Beckett

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dc.contributor.advisor R. V. Young, Committee Chair en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Charlotte Gross, Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.advisor M. Thomas Hester, Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.author Burnett, Jacob en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-02T18:14:27Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-02T18:14:27Z
dc.date.issued 2007-04-11 en_US
dc.identifier.other etd-03112007-194154 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/2495
dc.description.abstract The Satanic self is the autonomous, linguistically constructed subject who cannot support itself but who rebels against any external support. According to Foucault, the autonomous subject should be reconsidered as a function of discourse. This anxiety over the autonomous and autonymous subject is not new, but has antecedents far back in literary history. Chaucer's The Pardoner's Tale, The Parson's Tale, Milton's Paradise Lost, and Beckett's The Unnamable recapitulate the historical progress of the development and decline of the self-authoring subject, a progress of dislocation of significance from—in order—objects, language, and finally the subject itself. The first two writers show how to avert what Anthony Low calls the "disastrous fall into nihilistic subjectivity," while the third can present no such redemption. The withdrawl of meaning through profane kenosis is inextricably linked to the long, slow disappearance of God from Western European cultural consciousness. The rejection of God is the rejection of the traditional grounds of Western subjectivity. en_US
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dc.subject Canterbury Tales en_US
dc.subject God en_US
dc.subject Paradise Lost en_US
dc.subject Michel Foucault en_US
dc.subject Satan en_US
dc.subject Parson's Tale en_US
dc.subject The Unnamable en_US
dc.subject Pardoner's Tale en_US
dc.subject confession en_US
dc.subject linguistically constructed self en_US
dc.subject Anthony Low en_US
dc.subject fall of man en_US
dc.subject meaning en_US
dc.subject St. Augustine en_US
dc.subject Thomas Aquinas en_US
dc.subject significance en_US
dc.subject identity en_US
dc.subject medieval en_US
dc.subject renaissance en_US
dc.subject modernism en_US
dc.subject postmodernism en_US
dc.subject Samuel Beckett en_US
dc.subject Geoffrey Chaucer en_US
dc.subject John Milton en_US
dc.subject subjectivity en_US
dc.subject self en_US
dc.title The Satanic Self in Chaucer, Milton, and Beckett en_US
dc.degree.name MA en_US
dc.degree.level thesis en_US
dc.degree.discipline English en_US


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