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dc.contributor.advisorGustafsson,Larsen
dc.contributor.advisorBelgum, Kirstenen
dc.creatorEidt, Jacob Ivanen
dc.date.accessioned2008-08-28T22:25:20Zen
dc.date.available2008-08-28T22:25:20Zen
dc.date.issued2004en
dc.identifierb60772657en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/1956en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation looks at the philosophical impact of the religious and historical phenomenon known as Gnosticism on the poetry and thought of Rainer Maria Rilke. At the center of Gnostic ideology and myth is a view of human existence as driven by a profound dualism, a dualism which is the result of warring opposites, often characterized in terms of good and evil and of the spiritual and the material. This perspective on the human condition is a defining moment for the secularization process, modern thought and modern aesthetics. Rilke’s re-incorporation of Gnostic motifs is not simply an adoption of the dualistic Gnostic world-view but represents a reaction to it within the greater development and articulation of modern consciousness. Both the intellectual climate of Rilke’s age and his own assimilation of certain tropes and motifs reveal a structural affinity with Gnostic ideology and myth. It is the Gnostic Deus absconditus that drives the thought behind the three connected figures of God, the angels, and Orpheus. This study looks at these favored tropes in light of the Gnostic tendencies that found their way into the culture of turn of the century Europe via philosophy. It offers a perspective on Rilke as a truly modern poet regarding the content and dynamic of his ideas. This project presents a cultural-philosophical approach toward Rilke, which differs from previous studies in its attempt to link the dynamic of philosophical ideas and cultural reception through the evolution of connected poetic figures. Unlike other studies that often assume a pre-existing philosophical context from which to view Rilke, this study seeks to define a philosophical context through Gnosticism and its relationship to notions of modernity.
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.language.isoengen
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.subject.lcshRilke, Rainer Maria,--1875-1926--Philosophyen
dc.subject.lcshRilke, Rainer Maria,--1875-1926--Criticism and interpretationen
dc.subject.lcshGnosticismen
dc.titleDeus absconditus: gnosticism, the secularization process, and philosophical modernity in the works of Rainer Maria Rilkeen
dc.description.departmentGermanic Studiesen
dc.identifier.oclc67982924en
dc.identifier.proqst3143735en
dc.type.genreThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentGermanic Studiesen
thesis.degree.disciplineGermanic Studiesen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen


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