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Never-lasting Effects: John Williams, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bruno Jasieński, and Non-redemptive Failure

dc.contributor.advisorJim Hicks
dc.contributor.advisorCatherine Portuges
dc.contributor.advisorDaniel Sack
dc.contributor.advisorAnna Botta
dc.contributor.authorRowinski, Krzysztof W
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst
dc.date2024-03-27T19:35:49.000
dc.date.accessioned2024-04-26T15:48:08Z
dc.date.available2024-04-26T15:48:08Z
dc.date.issued2021-09-01
dc.date.submittedSeptember
dc.date.submitted2021
dc.description.abstractMy dissertation examines literary accounts of failure and failed performance largely in the context of the advent of modernity. I read the works of John Williams, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Bruno Jasieński as case studies to discuss a non-redemptive kind of failure, one where the narrative does not suggest failing as a step to eventual success. Never-lasting Effectsis an attempt to delineate the productive side of failure within a non-future-oriented approach. In parallel with a reading of the above authors, I review the existing narratives about failure, in the main offered by scholars and critics who see it either as a nihilist, apolitical approach or, in a more hopeful way, as a tool of subversion and revolutionary practice under the conditions of late capitalism. My dissertation carves out a theoretical position outside of either of these opposed camps in what appears to be a nascent field of failure studies. Taking my methodology from performance studies and its emphasis on ephemerality, I examine failure synchronically, as it happens in its present. As I argue, there are important political effects produced by failure that cannot continue into the utopian future. My discussions of Williams, Pasolini, and Jasieński offer a new methodology of reading failure that helps us examine and understand those effects better.
dc.description.degreeDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
dc.description.departmentComparative Literature
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.7275/24560428
dc.identifier.orcidhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-9961-1765
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14394/18642
dc.relation.urlhttps://scholarworks.umass.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3434&context=dissertations_2&unstamped=1
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.source.statuspublished
dc.subjectfailure
dc.subjectredemption
dc.subjectauthorship
dc.subjectWilliams
dc.subjectPasolini
dc.subjectJasieński
dc.subjectAmerican Literature
dc.subjectComparative Literature
dc.subjectFilm and Media Studies
dc.subjectItalian Literature
dc.subjectPerformance Studies
dc.subjectSlavic Languages and Societies
dc.titleNever-lasting Effects: John Williams, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bruno Jasieński, and Non-redemptive Failure
dc.typecampusfive
dc.typearticle
dc.typedissertation
digcom.contributor.authorisAuthorOfPublication|email:krzys.rowinski@gmail.com|institution:University of Massachusetts Amherst|Rowinski, Krzysztof W
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digcom.identifier.submissionpathdissertations_2/2325
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