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A Moral Being in an Aesthetic World: Being in the Early Novels of Kurt Vonnegut

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In this this paper I will address notions of being in four of Kurt Vonnegut’s novels using Martin Heidegger’s aesthetic phenomenology. The four novels that this paper will address are Player Piano, Sirens of Titan, Slaughterhouse-Five, and Breakfast of Champions. Player Piano and Sirens of Titan are Vonnegut’s first two novels, and they approach being in terms of what Heidegger referred to as “throwness.” These initial inquiries into aspects of existence give way to a fully developed notion of being in Slaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of Champions. These novels are full aware of themselves has happenings of truth containing something of their author’s own being. Through these happenings, Vonnegut is able to poetically project himself in a way that not only reveals his own being, but also serves as a mirror that can reveal the being of those reflected in it.
subject
Being
Heidegger
Kurt
Vonnegut
contributor
Hubbard, James Robert (author)
Hans, James (committee chair)
Maine, Barry (committee member)
Holdridge, Jefferson (committee member)
date
2015-06-23T08:35:31Z (accessioned)
2015-06-23T08:35:31Z (available)
2015 (issued)
degree
English (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/57092 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
A Moral Being in an Aesthetic World: Being in the Early Novels of Kurt Vonnegut
type
Thesis

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