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Poetics Today (2022) 43 (3): 533–548.
Published: 01 September 2022
...Peter Smyth Abstract Italo Calvino's Castle of Crossed Destinies is unique among his later novels for failing to uphold the rules and constraints that he was increasingly fond of imposing on his works of fiction. To explain the novel's structural failure, this essay puts aside the framework...
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Poetics Today (2012) 33 (1): 27–57.
Published: 01 March 2012
... In Praise of the Stepmother (1991 [1988]) and Italo Calvino’s Castle of Crossed Destinies (1977a [1969, 1973 As we shall see, the most obvious effect of the copresence of image and ekphrastic response in these novels is to draw attention to the polysemy of the image. The idea that images are even...
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Poetics Today (2009) 30 (4): 719–735.
Published: 01 December 2009
.... Bens, Jacques 1986 [1965] “ Queneau Oulipian ,” in Motte 1986: 65 -73. Burgelin, Claude 1988 Georges Perec (Paris: Seuil). Calvino, Italo 1970 “Notes toward a Definition of the Narrative Form as a Combinatory Process,” translated by Bruce Merry, Twentieth Century Studies 3 : 93 -101...
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Poetics Today (2009) 30 (4): 611–634.
Published: 01 December 2009
..., John 1990 I–VI (MethodStructureIntentionDisciplineNotationIndeterminacyInterpenetrationImitation DevotionCircumstanceVariableStructureNonunderstandingContingencyInconsistencyPerformance) (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press). Calvino, Italo 1981 [1979] If on a Winter's Night a Traveler...
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Poetics Today (2019) 40 (4): 739–744.
Published: 01 December 2019
... (with his praise of Homer s beginning in medias res rather than ab ovo) to Paul Vale´ry and Italo Calvino, countless philosophers, critics, and writers have explicitly rec- ognized its significance, and it often constitutes amemorable part of thework. After a prologue in which Buch Leander specifies...
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Poetics Today (2010) 31 (1): 17–50.
Published: 01 March 2010
... project that had earlier been considered private and secluded. In If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler, occa- sional Oulipian Italo Calvino (1981 [1979]) implies the threat posed by new media to literary privacy when he has his narrator advise the reader to shut the door and “let the world around you...
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Poetics Today (2015) 36 (3): 175–200.
Published: 01 September 2015
...” is not rejection of kitsch but its acceptance as one of the elements that compose life. Paradoxically, it is this acceptance of kitsch rather than its rejection that renders it powerless. As Italo Calvino (1990: 56) argues, instead of denouncing kitsch, The Unbearable Lightness of Being liberates its characters...
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Poetics Today (2009) 30 (4): 653–668.
Published: 01 December 2009
... to face with something, rather than nothing, as one finds in Italo Calvino’s The Castle of Crossed Destinies, where the characters each take a turn at narrating, assisted by the images on tarot cards. Before reaching that point, under the duress of a difficult trip and a great peril, they have...
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Poetics Today (2019) 40 (2): 189–213.
Published: 01 June 2019
... . “ Emily Dickinson’s Handwriting: A Master Key .” New England Quarterly 22 , no. 2 : 229 – 34 . Calvino Italo . 1981 . If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler , translated by Weaver William . New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich . Carson Anne . 2012 . Antigonick . New York...
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Poetics Today (2010) 31 (1): 127–150.
Published: 01 March 2010
... Lionnais; “Mathematics in the Method of Raymond Queneau” by Jacques Roubaud; and pieces by Georges Perec, Italo Calvino, Harry Mathews, and Raymond Queneau), a glossary of terms, an extensive bibliography, and short biographies of Oulipians. An indispensable work. 1999 “Marcel Bénabou...
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Poetics Today (2022) 43 (1): 27–52.
Published: 01 March 2022
... position. Consequently, the metafictional function can call attention to the author's performance. The prototypical case in this respect is Italo Calvino's novel If on a Winter's Night a Traveller , in which, according to Phelan ( 1989 : 133), the foregrounding of the synthetic component through...
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Poetics Today (2012) 33 (2): 169–216.
Published: 01 June 2012
... ). Cadoux A. T. 1931 The Parables of Jesus, Their Art and Use ( London : James Clarke ). Calder John 2001 The Philosophy of Samuel Beckett ( Edison, NJ : Riverrun ). Cǎlinescu Matei 1993 Rereading ( New Haven, CT : Yale University Press ). Calvino Italo 1982...
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Poetics Today (2022) 43 (1): 1–26.
Published: 01 March 2022
... larger conception of contemporary fiction as a conversation between real authors and real readers. Her case studies include Italo Calvino's If on a Winter's Night a Traveler , Gertrud Kolmar's Jewish Mother , and Camus's Fall . (3) In 2014 Susan S. Lanser extends the application of the concept...
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Poetics Today (2000) 21 (1): 1–32.
Published: 01 March 2000
... as novelists, including Roussel, Walter Abish, and OuLiPians such as Raymond Que- neau, Georges Perec, Italo Calvino, Jacques Roubaud, and Mathews him- self. Other practitioners (e.g., Mac Low, members of the Language school...
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Poetics Today (2007) 28 (4): 683–794.
Published: 01 December 2007
..., U.K.: Penguin). Calvino, Italo 1986 The Uses of Literature , translated by Patrick Creagh (San Diego, CA: Harvest). Carroll, Lewis 1979 The Letters of Lewis Carroll , edited by Morton N. Cohen, 2 vols. (New York: Oxford University Press). Castañeda, Hector-Neir 1967 “Omniscience...
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Poetics Today (2009) 30 (3): 423–470.
Published: 01 September 2009
...; she also inves- tigates more abstractly the case of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. Overall, however, Esrock’s work is a foundational account of visualization’s place within literary criticism and a study of the consequences of visualization for readers, not an analysis of texts. 13.  Features...
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Poetics Today (2010) 31 (3): 507–659.
Published: 01 September 2010
... `` The Narrative Construction of Reality ,'' Critical Inquiry 18 : 1 – 21 . 2004 `` Life as Narrative ,'' Social Research 71 : 691 – 710 . Burke Kenneth . 1969 [1945] The Rhetoric of Motives ( Berkeley : University of California Press ). Calvino Italo 1988 Six Memos...