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1. Mueller, Andrew. “Art Hurts”: Intimacy, Difficulty, and Distance in Gwendolyn Brooks’s “Two Dedications”.

Degree: 2015, University of Oregon

In this thesis, I examine Gwendolyn Brooks’s diptych poems “Two Dedications” from her 1968 collection In the Mecca. Critical accounts of “Two Dedications” cast the poems as fixed oppositions between “frivolous” Western art and inspiring, communal black art. I propose that such binaries are reductive and overlook the intellectual benefits Brooks locates in abstract modernist art. Using Ezra Pound’s theories of modernist difficulty, Walter Benjamin’s concept of artistic “aura,” and the Black Arts Movement (BAM) manifestoes of Ron Karenga and Larry Neal, I argue that Brooks’s poems demonstrate the benefits of both abstract Western art and representational BAM art. Specifically, Brooks suggests that both types of art provide avenues for self-determination and liberation from institutional conventions. Advisors/Committee Members: Whalan, Mark (advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: Black Arts Movement; Chicago Picasso; Difficulty; Gwendolyn Brooks; Two Dedications; Wall of Respect

…CHAPTER I INTRODUCTION Criticism on Brooks’s “Two Dedications” often establishes rigid… …will help remedy existing, simplified readings of “Two Dedications” and perhaps contribute to… …on “Two Dedications” mainly focuses on the differences between the types of art depicted in… …each poem.1 William Hansell examines both poems in the set and argues that “Two Dedications… …types of art in “Two Dedications,” see Melhem 178 and Hansell 11. 1 explains, portrays… 

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APA (6th Edition):

Mueller, A. (2015). “Art Hurts”: Intimacy, Difficulty, and Distance in Gwendolyn Brooks’s “Two Dedications”. (Thesis). University of Oregon. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1794/19301

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Mueller, Andrew. ““Art Hurts”: Intimacy, Difficulty, and Distance in Gwendolyn Brooks’s “Two Dedications”.” 2015. Thesis, University of Oregon. Accessed October 23, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/1794/19301.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Mueller, Andrew. ““Art Hurts”: Intimacy, Difficulty, and Distance in Gwendolyn Brooks’s “Two Dedications”.” 2015. Web. 23 Oct 2019.

Vancouver:

Mueller A. “Art Hurts”: Intimacy, Difficulty, and Distance in Gwendolyn Brooks’s “Two Dedications”. [Internet] [Thesis]. University of Oregon; 2015. [cited 2019 Oct 23]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/19301.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Council of Science Editors:

Mueller A. “Art Hurts”: Intimacy, Difficulty, and Distance in Gwendolyn Brooks’s “Two Dedications”. [Thesis]. University of Oregon; 2015. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/19301

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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