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dc.contributor.advisorEdmond, Jacob
dc.contributor.advisorCiccoricco, David
dc.contributor.advisorSimmons, Rochelle
dc.contributor.authorMathews, Cy Elza
dc.date.available2013-07-08T21:41:42Z
dc.date.copyright2013
dc.identifier.citationMathews, C. E. (2013). Playing Games with Kenneth Koch: Poetry, Collaboration, Pedagogy (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/4124en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/4124
dc.description.abstractPlay and games are of great importance to post–Second World War U.S. avant-garde poetry. Yet their key role has so far gone unrecognized and unexplored due to the neglect of play and game-oriented theoretical frameworks within the field of modern and contemporary poetry and poetics. In this thesis, I use the work of poet and educator Kenneth Koch (1925–2002) to develop a play-oriented framework for poetry criticism. I begin my study by examining how Koch manipulates the tension between free textual play and rule-governed play in order to engage both writer and reader in a variety of open ended poetic games. I then demonstrate how these textual games are also significant at a social level: their transformative dynamics enable Koch to playfully negotiate the aesthetic, personal, and political dichotomies of the second half of the twentieth century. By positioning both the textual and social elements of Koch’s work within this play-oriented framework, I show how composition, reading, collaboration, and pedagogic transmission are all parts of an ongoing process of creative gameplay that continues to shape contemporary poetry.
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dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectKenneth Koch
dc.subjectNew York School
dc.subjectplay theory
dc.subjectCold War poetry
dc.subjectoppositional poetry
dc.subjectKo or a Season on Earth
dc.subjectWhen the Sun Tries to Go On
dc.subjectSun Out
dc.subjectThe Red Robins
dc.subjectThe Art of the Possible
dc.subjectAllen Ginsberg
dc.subjectHotel Lambosa
dc.subjectWishes Lies and Dreams
dc.subjectAmerican poetry
dc.subjectdistributed cognitive systems
dc.subjectpoetry
dc.titlePlaying Games with Kenneth Koch: Poetry, Collaboration, Pedagogy
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2013-07-08T13:30:39Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglish and Linguistics
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
otago.openaccessOpen
otago.evidence.presentYes
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