Master of Arts
Alfred Lopez, Phd.
psychoanalysis, linguistics, sound, heidegger, poetry, music, reader response, Poe, musicology, lacan
Date of Defense
This study analyzed the reader's relationship to the sounds embedded in a written text for the purpose of identifying those sounds' contribution to the reader's interpretation of that text. To achieve this objective, this study negotiated Heideggerian phenomenology, Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis, linguistics, and musicology into a reader response theory, which was then applied to Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven."
This study argues that the orchestration of sounds in "The Raven" forces its reader into a regression, which the reader then represses, only to carry the resulting sound-image
away from the poem as a psychic scar.
Kane, James Gray, "A Musicology for Literary Language" (2002). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 48.