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The role of the aesthetic in literature and the connectivity of poetics in creative non-fiction

This work consists of an academic introduction that addresses hegemonic influences within the field of Literature as it pertains to Literary Theory, and its predominant paradigm of Cultural Studies. The work inquires as to the whereabouts of the aesthetic as a theoretical discourse within the field. Literature, as art, is presumed to exhibit the quality of beauty, and yet there exists almost no dialogue on the topic of how a work achieves beauty, and sustains it trans-contextually. The work also puts forth the thesis that creative non-fiction is no less of a reservoir for capturing the aesthetic than our fictions. By combining aspects of both Platonic and Aristotelian modes of conception concerning the function of literature as revelatory, we can assert the notion that even the most mundane of events can be constructed, via poetics, into an intuitive meaning-making occurrence. As Burke suggests, it is connectivity that we seek, and by upholding this claim there manifests an opportunity for each of us to consider the stories of our lives emblematic of the story of humanity. The academic portion is followed by a work of creative non-fiction that is intended to act as a demonstration of the above claim. Enabling the concept of the "Disclosure of the Mundane," the piece attempts to use a variety ofliterary devices to translate a personal history into a general commentary, a particular set of circumstances into a template for circumstances of its kind, a subjective experience into evidence of an essential truth. KeyWords: Aesthetics in Literature, Creative Non-Fiction, Existentialism, New Formalism, Philosophy of Literature, Poetics.

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