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Love, truth, beauty : a critical biography of Frederick Turner

Author: Eileen Baland; University of Texas at Dallas. Graduate Program in the Humanities.
Publisher: 2007.
Dissertation: Ph. D. University of Texas at Dallas 2007
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
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Frederick Turner's philosophy of interrelatedness forms the foundation of all knowledge, in the sense that all of creation is a branch of the central and original creation. Thus, to be a poet requires an ear for music, to be an artist demands a study of science, and to be spiritual means accepting the diversity of methodologies exhibited across cultures and generations. Robert Nelsen, a colleague of Turner's at the
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Named Person: Frederick Turner; Frederick Turner
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Eileen Baland; University of Texas at Dallas. Graduate Program in the Humanities.
OCLC Number: 179704201
Notes: Includes vita.
Description: viii, 270 leaves ; 28 cm
Responsibility: by Eileen Baland.
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Frederick Turner's philosophy of interrelatedness forms the foundation of all knowledge, in the sense that all of creation is a branch of the central and original creation. Thus, to be a poet requires an ear for music, to be an artist demands a study of science, and to be spiritual means accepting the diversity of methodologies exhibited across cultures and generations. Robert Nelsen, a colleague of Turner's at the University of Texas at Dallas, referred to Frederick Turner's interests as "love, truth, and beauty." Turner explained that love represents spirituality, in his case, Christianity; truth represents science; and beauty represents art, especially classical forms. Turner is quick to point out, however, that he does not limit his devotion only to those ideas that he finds most personally rewarding. His Christianity is not an exclusive kind; he affirms much that other religions offer, and he is sympathetic to some non-theistic ethical and philosophical ideas. Similarly, his taste for classical art forms does not preclude an appreciation for some of what the Modernists have created.

Still, as founder of and spokesman for the New Formalism and the New Narrative movements in poetry, collectively known as The Expansive Movement, Turner charged the late 20 th-century academic community with a responsibility of reviving the classical forms, and with them, a renewed appreciation for the deeper connections between art, science, and religion. Just as the human body represents a huge network of interconnected parts, each communicating with one another, the spirit of a person achieves its highest level when all parts of the exterior atmosphere in which that person lives and breathes, works and plays, and interacts with the environment travel not as individual, disconnected sources of pleasure and knowledge, but as one unit, each holding up the other. This dissertation attempts to present Frederick Turner's life, literature, and philosophies as an illumination of his writing and the person behind the literature. In addition, this dissertation represents a wider body of Turner's work than has been published previously in one volume, and should prove useful in future scholarly research and writing about Frederick Turner.

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