Cosmology in H.D.’S Trilogy: Poetics, Logos and Trace

In Patricia Trutty-Coohill & Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka (eds.), Analecta Husserliana 119. Berlin, Germany: Springer Verlag. pp. 275-289 (2016)

William Melaney
American University in Cairo
This paper examines the poetics of H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) in terms of a set of phenomenological concerns that have been explored philosophically in the work of Jacques Derrida and Martin Heidegger. Foremost among these concerns is the significance of writing, understood as a counter to verbal discourse and as the basis for a new poetics. The paper centrally compares Derrida’s opposition between speech and writing to Heidegger’s criticism of traditional metaphysics while sustaining the importance of phenomenology to both positions. After offering an analysis of the poem, the paper considers the significance of plurality to the sense of human community that the poem would have us assess and affirm.
Keywords autobiography  phenomenology  hermeneutics  community
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