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Inventing the Language to Tell It – Robinson Jeffers and the Biology of Consciousness - Fordham Scholarship Online
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Inventing the Language to Tell It: Robinson Jeffers and the Biology of Consciousness

George Hart


From 1920 until his death in 1962, consciousness and its effect on humanity and the natural world was Robinson Jeffers’s obsession. Understanding and explaining the biological basis of mind is one of the towering challenges of modern science to this day, and Jeffers’s poetic experiment is an important contribution to American literary history— no other twentieth-century poet attempted such a thorough engagement with a crucial scientific problem. Jeffers invented a sacramental poetics that accommodates a modern scientific account of consciousness, thereby integrating an essentially religious se ... More

Keywords: consciousness, mind, nature poetry, sacramentalism, biology

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823254897
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823254897.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Hart, author
California State University, Long Beach

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