Dark husk of beauty

Leggett, Andrew Alfred George (2005). Dark husk of beauty MPhil Thesis, School of English, Media Studies and Art History, The University of Queensland.

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Author Leggett, Andrew Alfred George
Thesis Title Dark husk of beauty
School, Centre or Institute School of English, Media Studies and Art History
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2005
Thesis type MPhil Thesis
Total pages 174
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subjects L
400103 Professional Creative Writing
751001 Languages and literature
Abstract/Summary In my dissertation – a collection of poems entitled Dark Husk of Beauty – I struggle with the dualities of beauty and ugliness, of creation and destruction. This Dark Husk of Beauty is what remains when I follow the exhortation of John Scott’s magician Aosman to take the ugly, or the deformed, or the old, and transcend … natural revulsion by uniting with it aesthetically – sometimes even physically. The body, subject to such a union, becomes the central metaphor of this creative work. The poems in the title section address the fierce disintegrative beauty of the body subject to the ravages of passion, disease and death. Those of the second section take up the metaphor of “Prophecy” – Ezekial’s prophecy over the plain of dry bones that, gathered together, grow flesh and are restored to life. In the third section, “Wings of Desire”, the poems defiantly transcend aesthetic dualism, undeterred by the punishments inflicted on the body for the artists’ heresy. The final poem, a sequence of versions of lesser known works of Rilke, attempts to negotiate the portal separating such extremes through grace. My critical essay – A Psychoanalytic Discourse on Creation, Destruction, Perversion, Reparation and Creation in the Works of John Scott – addresses the problems of such creation by means of a psychoanalytic literary discourse. The relationship between creativity and perversion is discussed in the course of comparatively examining issues of indebtedness, desire, damage, destruction and repair in the poetry and fiction of John Scott and in my Dark Husk of Beauty.

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