“THE INTERSECTION OF LIFE AND DEATH IN DAVID ROSENMANN-TAUB'S TETRALOGY CORTEJO Y EPINICIO”
by Kenneth Gorfkle
A dissertation submitted to the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Spanish) in the Department of Romance Languages in the School of Arts and Sciences.
Chapel Hill 2014.
Approved by: Rosa Perelmuter Juan Carlos González-Espitia Gregory Dawes Frank Dominguez Mónica Rector.
The dissertation examines the Chilean poet David Rosenmann-Taub’s views of death through the analysis of poems from his tetralogy Cortejo y Epinicio (completed in 2013), and supplemented by his poems and commentaries in Quince (2008). The first chapter describes the poet’s work and critical reception, reviews other scholarly studies that deal with the subject of death in the poet’s work, and describes the dissertation's goals, methodology and structure. The second chapter analyzes poems that demonstrate the presence of death in life and the constant movement toward death throughout the multiverse and in man, as well as the countervailing desire for and movement towards conscious life. The third chapter illustrates Rosenmann-Taub’s views of life after death, ranging from an existential perspective of death as nothingness and oblivion to other conceptions of an afterlife that imagine a fully developed consciousness. In the fourth chapter, the poems considered describe the juxtaposition of life and death at the instant of death, and by prolonging that liminal moment illustrate more fully the transformation from one state of being to the other. Also, the poet proposes that conscious life is in constant juxtaposition with the death that is the individual’s unconscious behavior; the poems discussed here illustrate the importance of the individual’s attitude in his struggle to lead a conscious life. The final chapter summarizes the findings of the previous three chapters, describes Rosenmann-Taub’s essentialist worldview regarding nature and natural processes, life, death and consciousness, and contrasts the poet’s worldview with prevailing ontological perspectives.
Throughout the study, the interpretive methodology makes use of semiotic and formal analysis to approximate the poems’ meaning. These analyses are supplemented both by Rosenmann-Taub’s expression of his worldview and by the poet’s own phonological, syntactic and semantic patterns as they manifest themselves in his poetic universe.
Table of Contents
|CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION||1|
|CHAPTER 2: THE OMNIPRESENCE OF DEATH IN THE MULTIVERSE||17|
|1. The Inexorability of Death||17|
|2. Man’s Conscious Movement towards Death||46|
|3. The Countervailing Movement towards Life||68|
|CHAPTER 3: DEATH AND PERMANENCE||87|
|1. The Existential Perspective: Views of Life after Death||88|
|2. Imaginative Views of Life after Death||103|
|3. The Connection with Nature and Natural Cycles||120|
|4. Full Human Consciousness after Death||139|
|CHAPTER 4: DEATH AND LIFE JUXTAPOSED||144|
|1. Life and Death at The Moment of Death||145|
|2. Life and Death During the Life of the Individual||156|
|3. The Attitude of the Individual in the Confrontation with Life and Death||171|
|CHAPTER 5: CONCLUSION||205|