Abstract

The theoretical framework of this study is intended to explore the potential Alain Badiou's theory of event, truth, and faithful subject may provide for understanding literature. This study applies this framework to John Ruskin's late and lesser-known work Fors Clavigera: Letters to the Workmen and Labourers of Great Britain (1871-1884). Both Ruskin's fragmented style in Fors Clavigera and his notion of historical truth developed therein have been read as madness and as reactionary romanticism. I examine key metanarrative moments in Fors Clavigera where Ruskin reflects on his historiographical choices and methods. Through my analysis, I show how Badiou's theory provides a way of better understanding Ruskin's historiography as deliberately purposeful and philosophically engaging.

Degree

MA

College and Department

Humanities; English

Rights

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Date Submitted

2013-06-17

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd6294

Keywords

John Ruskin, Fors Clavigera, Alain Badiou, event, historiography, metanarrative

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