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Poetics Today (2012) 33 (3-4): 253–299.
Published: 01 December 2012
...Françoise Lavocat When, why, and how do people write about a natural disaster? The article characterizes three ways of narrating catastrophe—allegorical, anecdotal, and historical—and shows that a shift toward the historical narrative takes place at the beginning of the seventeenth century, more...
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Poetics Today (2016) 37 (3): 369–385.
Published: 01 September 2016
... — whether in the asceticist-misogynist, queer, or catastrophic mode. References Adley Melanie Jessica 2013 “Shattering Fragility: Illness, Suicide, and Refusal in Fin-de-Siècle Viennese Literature.” PhD diss. , University of Pennsylvania , repository.upenn.edu/edissertations/729...
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Poetics Today (2022) 43 (1): 127–147.
Published: 01 March 2022
... in the novel to a catastrophic event, Hurricane Sandy, while also considering the broader implications for the interplay between narrative form and radical climate change. The focus is on narrative forms such as catalogs, gaps in language and in the storyworld, and plotted instances of compassion. By drawing...
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Poetics Today (2023) 44 (1-2): 157–179.
Published: 01 June 2023
... that P. D. James's novel expresses the demographic dread arising from the relative shift in younger and older populations—not of a world lacking children, as we might expect, but of one catastrophized by the overabundance of the old and aging. Pushing against the link between climate activism...
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Poetics Today (2006) 27 (2): 331–351.
Published: 01 June 2006
... in the ghettos. It first deals with the state of public health and medicine there, which was shaped by both the community's medical experience and the catastrophic results of the Nazi policy of starvation, persecution, terror, and killing. More than any other factor in ghetto life, public health and medicine...
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Poetics Today (2001) 22 (2): 453–474.
Published: 01 June 2001
... of the ‘‘angel of history His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed...
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Poetics Today (2012) 33 (3-4): 507–508.
Published: 01 December 2012
..., Joshua Formative Fictions: Imaginative Literature and the Training of the Capacities 169 Lavocat, Franc¸oise Narratives of Catastrophe in the Early Modern Period: Awareness of Historicity and Emergence of Interpretative Viewpoints 253 Mahlknecht, Johannes...
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Poetics Today (2016) 37 (3): 355–368.
Published: 01 September 2016
... depict scenes of catastrophe, like The Decentering of the Pont de Neuilly (1772) or Burning of the Opera in the Palais-Royal (1781), Gandy’s images consistently draw on tropes of the picturesque. Even though they show the projected ruins of Sir John Soane’s designs— buildings that, it should be noted...
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Poetics Today (2006) 27 (2): 489–495.
Published: 01 June 2006
... when he was alive? Here is the dilemma: I am not a historian, but a novelist. For this reason, I am not supposed to be all that interested in literal truth or testimony or in preserving the wordless authenticity of a catastrophic event. As an art- ist, the pieties that surround atrocity...
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Poetics Today (2006) 27 (2): 249–260.
Published: 01 June 2006
..., and concentration camps, reminders of these events are not scarce. Even the United Nations, at last, held an official commemorative ceremony. No other man-made catastrophe has been so voluminously recorded and publicized as the Shoah. But knowing what happened is a very different matter from actively receiving...
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Poetics Today (2000) 21 (2): 423–433.
Published: 01 June 2000
...’ adap- tations of speech-act theory. I will therefore not use the space generously provided me by the editors of Poetics Today to explain why I don’t agree with Gorman ) that ‘‘sheer badness’’ and ‘‘catastrophic inadequacy...
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Poetics Today (2022) 43 (4): 777–778.
Published: 01 December 2022
... the connection between the experience of the catastrophe, and the various modalities of experience, and the act of writing, especially since it seems that connection is made tacitly throughout the book. Does it matter, in Santianez's wonderful analysis of Life and Fate , that Vassily Grossman was a firsthand...
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Poetics Today (2023) 44 (1-2): 1–14.
Published: 01 June 2023
... situations across the globe, where decisions about care were often taken “on the basis of age alone,” she offered an emphatic yes. The destruction of older lives in care homes was represented as an “inevitable biological catastrophe”—an act of God or nature, unfortunate but necessary casualties in the war...
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Poetics Today (2022) 43 (1): 187–189.
Published: 01 March 2022
... mutations de la clarté (2007), Le carrosse littéraire: L'invention du hasard (2008), The Cultural Life of Catastrophes (edited with Kristin Veel, 2012), Mutating Idylls (2019), and Literature and Contingency (edited with Tina Lupton, 2019). He is the principal investigator in a research project...
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Poetics Today (2020) 41 (3): 469–471.
Published: 01 September 2020
... of what Asad s interlocutors, notably Hannah Arendt, have observed of Nazism and other modern catastrophes. But the book s larger feat of locating contempo- rary crises in such a multitextured archive provocatively suggests a relation between secular responses to religious tradition and the world s...
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Poetics Today (2016) 37 (3): 387–413.
Published: 01 September 2016
... of the decline of Romanov Russia and the European catastrophe of World War I. He opens the escha- tological dimension of the question of that which is ahead of us, understand- ing it not so much as the future but precisely as the “newness” which demands a rethinking of the ontological constitution...
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Poetics Today (2017) 38 (4): 737–750.
Published: 01 December 2017
... share many common fea- tures, like the necessity to speak malgre´ tout (in spite of everything) after the catastrophe. Roszak quotes from one of Ro´z˙ewicz’s later poems, “What can- not be said / has to be said,” which amounts to a good description of Celan’s attitude toward language (25). Lipszyc...
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Poetics Today (2008) 29 (1): 129–153.
Published: 01 March 2008
... in descriptions of horrifying events. Indeed, at times the story seems to mock the victims and their automaton- like responses. After the bombing of the movie house, for instance, the female manager thinks only of getting ready for the next show, since (we are told) no “catastrophe” could disrupt her...
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Poetics Today (2008) 29 (1): 103–128.
Published: 01 March 2008
..., and intergenerational acts of transfer, a dis- cussion actively taking place in numerous important contexts outside of Holocaust studies. More urgently and passionately, those of us working on memory and transmission have argued over the ethics and the aesthetics of remembrance in the aftermath of catastrophe...
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Poetics Today (2021) 42 (3): 461–465.
Published: 01 September 2021
..., and water) as a way of understanding the catastrophic ending of a novel that grasps the uncontrollable force of water and the unstoppable acceleration of steam. Just as Miller approaches questions of form by thinking about narrative precursors to today's “alternative energy sources,” Deanna K. Kreisel's...