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Title: Falsetto.
Name(s): Stephens, Robert James, author
Kirby, David, 1944-, professor directing dissertation
Latham, Don, 1959-, university representative
Hamby, Barbara, 1952-, committee member
Faulk, Barry J., committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of English, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2016
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (57 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Inundated by the blabber of talking heads, politicos, and advertisements? Ready to hear the voice of the Bard again? The speaker in the dissertation manuscript Falsetto asks the reader to turn down all the noise and trust him, a new prophet crying out in the desert (or crying out through your dessert, as it were). The speaker of these poems, then, steps into the tradition of poet-as-prophet, a tradition handed down from predecessors such as the Biblical writers, Edmund Spenser, William Blake, Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg, and others, as he guides readers through his search for meaning in relationships, music, and religion. But even as this speaker assumes that role, the manuscript and poems call into question that role as evident by the dissertation title, Falsetto, a beautiful but fake voice both confident and aware of its own construct. Indeed, the speaker is confronted with falseness and constructions in his search for meaning – the false idols, the falseness of internet relationships, and religion so true and so constructed it must be false.
Identifier: FSU_2016SU_Stephens_fsu_0071E_13427 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of English in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester 2016.
Date of Defense: July 13, 2016.
Keywords: Falsetto, fugue, humor, poetry, Rob, Stephens
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: David Kirby, Professor Directing Dissertation; Don Latham, University Representative; Barbara Hamby, Committee Member; Barry Faulk, Committee Member.
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Owner Institution: FSU

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