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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (1): 79–95.
Published: 01 March 2015
...). Keywords impossibility/necessity of writing, autonomy of words, parataxis [Thomas] perceived all the strangeness there was in being observed by a word as if by a living being, and not simply by one word, but by all the words that were in that word, by all those that went...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1984) 45 (2): 212–214.
Published: 01 June 1984
...- ters) to their etymological archetypes, to discern in them the play of innumerable codes, none privileged more than others. This makes for a stress upon the autonomy of words. . . . (p. 55) “A character,” Price insists, “is one of the institutional forms of fiction...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1989) 50 (3): 275–279.
Published: 01 September 1989
... “textocentrism”-a theory of language that centers, not upon “the referential thing, the original thought,” authorial intention, or audience response, but “upon the word itself” (p. 21). Though he may distrust it, Wyrick argues, Swift recognizes and often exploits the textocentric autonomy of words...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1997) 58 (4): 399–415.
Published: 01 December 1997
... a continuum of positions, none of which is purely of one kind or the other, then it may be useful to shift the emphasis from the endpoints to the middle. In other words, one might do for the autonomy-heteronomy polarity what Bruno Latour does for the nature-culture polarity when he argues...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2005) 66 (1): 85–114.
Published: 01 March 2005
..., Williams, Stein, Oppen, Zukofsky), which emphasized the word-as-such,” and thus also as a precursor of the experimental poetry of the last decades of the century (Charles Bernstein, Ron Silliman, and others).4 In passing, however, he distin- guishes her poetry from her critical and theoretical...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1982) 43 (3): 302–304.
Published: 01 September 1982
... by Wal- den Pond, the ardent seeker for hints of divinity in the speech and language of the Penobscots. Thoreau could agree that “a sound itself might symbolize something greater than the word in which it was embedded” (p. 129). The high point of Cura’s book is his discussion of Thoreau; he...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (3): 333–368.
Published: 01 September 2015
... and dictionaries.” They then damn “plain reader[s],” especially those who would deny the artist “the right to use words of his own fashioning and to disregard existing grammatical and syntactical laws” (ibid.). This influential proclamation of aesthetic autonomy simultaneously projects artistic freedom on a number...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1996) 57 (2): 119–127.
Published: 01 June 1996
...,”in culture as well as in economics and politics. Particularities of literary context and strategy emerge as if they were the goal of each essay. Pride of place may again be working, as it did in the nineteenth cen- tury, to safeguard a sense of personal and collective autonomy, even if the political...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1992) 53 (4): 409–425.
Published: 01 December 1992
... in capitalism thus becomes, in Eagleton’s words, “an infinitely spawning signifier which has severed all relation to the real, a fantastical idealism which blots out specific value as surely as those more conventional figures of sublimity-the raging ocean, the mountain crags-engulf all particular...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2004) 65 (1): 93–130.
Published: 01 March 2004
... that we do not know how far away she is), and “Will no one tell me what she sings?” becomes a remark processing the shock of her autonomy as well as of Highland difference. At least, one might say of this line, Words- worth offers a self-qualifying sense that he knows he is missing some- thing. So...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1982) 43 (3): 300–302.
Published: 01 September 1982
...Lawrence Willson F. GURA PHILIP. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1981. x + 203 pp. $17.50. Copyright © 1982 by Duke University Press 1982 300 REVIEWS The Wisdom of Words: Language, Theology, and Literature in the New...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2002) 63 (2): 197–226.
Published: 01 June 2002
... of Nature,” Journal of the History of Ideas (April 2001). She is writing a book on literary and philosophical imaginations of autonomy. The Monster in a Dark Room: Frankenstein, Feminism, and Philosophy Nancy Yousef t is as a giant that the creature makes his first appearance in Franken- I...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1997) 58 (4): 367–398.
Published: 01 December 1997
... diminished art’s “sacred island Bourdieu’s interest- this word should be emphasized in all its senses now-has always been in a cer- tain construction of the aesthetic that finds its origin in the romantic period, is definitively theorized in Kant, and achieves autonomy in aes- theticism, which...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1993) 54 (3): 404–408.
Published: 01 September 1993
... reality more broadly, and the much-abused concept of discursive autonomy-of one discourse from another, not of discourses from other practices, activities, and events. Qf these, the first seems to me a nonstarter; the second poses a genuine difficulty of intellectual method that no one has...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (3): 345–369.
Published: 01 September 2021
... biofiction William Styron Ralph Ellison Robert Penn Warren autonomy of art On November 6, 1968, in New Orleans, the Southern Historical Association hosted its thirty-fourth annual convention, during which there was a forum titled “The Uses of History in Fiction” (Woodward 2017 ). The Pulitzer Prize...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1995) 56 (1): 106–109.
Published: 01 March 1995
... of comradeship are “bank- rupt” falsifications (189). Luftig’s standard for friendship is a bond between the sexes that may include sexuality but is not defined by it. Definitive are cooperative cre- ative action, work in the world, and a nonhierarchical relation, one that offers autonomy within...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2010) 71 (2): 129–152.
Published: 01 June 2010
... to understand, and that, as such, [it] must have a place in the model intended to explain it” (35). In other words, to grasp the universality and autonomy of Paris — as well as of Latin America — we must grasp their moral force as popular convictions while refusing to be persuaded by that force: indeed...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1985) 46 (4): 347–367.
Published: 01 December 1985
... there was no more behind But such a day to-morrow as to-day, And to be boy eternal. (I.ii.62-65) His lines subvert the very idea of time, for the words “behind,” “to- morrow and “to-day” work upon each other in such a way that their distinctions, which underlie the notion...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1959) 20 (3): 288–289.
Published: 01 September 1959
... of the term “romantic” is special: any artist is properly “romantic” if he believes, first, that the image has an autonomy quite apart from discursive considerations, and, second, that the poet as a true artist finds him- self isolated or estranged from society. The image itself comprises both...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2007) 68 (3): 417–436.
Published: 01 September 2007
.... Bourdieu demonstrates well how intellectual autonomy was furthered by the evolution of the field during the late nineteenth century, when intellectuals legitimated themselves via peer recognition that ran in “almost exactly the inverse” relationship to social status, whereas earlier the “most...