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Poetics Today (2023) 44 (1-2): 131–156.
Published: 01 June 2023
..., and a rich intertextual network to frame an intergenerational friendship that can be read as intergenerational desire. The experimental narratives and reflections on the fluidity of age enable Smith and Jones to evoke this controversial topic without fulling addressing it. A lot is at stake for Fire...
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Poetics Today (2018) 39 (2): 225–243.
Published: 01 June 2018
... toward increasing the participation of the reader, a more meta-representational and rhetorical conceptualization of ekphrasis is desirable. From a functional perspective, I argue that the traditional purpose of ekphrasis to interrogate ways of seeing has acquired new urgency in today’s media landscape...
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Poetics Today (2000) 21 (2): 393–421.
Published: 01 June 2000
... fueled a desire to “naturalize” society by rejecting traditional morality. In parallel, there arose a dream of new subjectivity of the scientific Übermensch , whose imitation of the cruelty of nature would elevate him above ordinary humanity. Science became a source of a sublime experi-ence based...
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Poetics Today (2004) 25 (1): 137–158.
Published: 01 March 2004
...Bill Freind This essay argues that the work of Araki Yasusada, an alleged Hiroshima survivor and poet who was later discovered to be an invention, offers an important example of the potential of heteronyms to satisfy the reader's desire for an author figure behind the text while simultaneously...
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Poetics Today (2005) 26 (1): 1–37.
Published: 01 March 2005
...Harris Friedberg Foremost theorist of the New Criticism, W. K. Wimsatt, inherits from the Romantics the desire to differentiate poetry from prose on essentialist rather than formal grounds. In I. A. Richards, a new antithesis between the symbolic or referential use of language and its emotive use...
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Poetics Today (2004) 25 (4): 711–730.
Published: 01 December 2004
... “Snake-Charming,” to views of Rilke as an effeminate man. Male critics' warding gestures when confronted with Rilke's imperatives—the caution lest this seductive man touch us—resembles male homosexual panic, the alarm of men confronted with male desire. The essay's broader point concerns our...
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Poetics Today (2020) 41 (4): 539–559.
Published: 01 December 2020
... evaluating a particular literary response (a solution) to the entrapment of life forces in pathological modes of existence (a problematics). The author discusses how and why a Deleuzian reading is both possible and desirable and takes Israeli author David Grossman’s novel The Book of Intimate Grammar as its...
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Poetics Today (2021) 42 (2): 193–206.
Published: 01 June 2021
...Lutz Koepnick Abstract Compression is often considered a royal road to process data in ever-shorter time and to cater to our desire to outspeed the accelerating transmission of information in the digital age. This article explores how different techniques of accelerated text dissemination...
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Poetics Today (2021) 42 (4): 541–574.
Published: 01 December 2021
... in motifs such as desire, attachment, fantasy, and identification. Formal and narrative devices that in modernist or postmodernist fiction contributed to an epistemological or ontological dominant tend to foreground questions of affectivity in contemporary fiction. Through the analysis of novels by Ben...
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Poetics Today (2001) 22 (2): 391–412.
Published: 01 June 2001
... in apparent complicity with prescribed forms of Western civility. The essay argues that conventional notions of postcolonial resistance are unable to provide an adequate explanation for identity politics which are based on the desire for Western acculturation instead of resistance to it. By recourse...
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Poetics Today (2001) 22 (2): 475–513.
Published: 01 June 2001
... shows how the comics critically engage with participants' desires for the modernity and success associated with urban lifestyles as well as life skills. It also highlights Heart to Heart 's differences from many other rural culture-for-development projects elsewhere in southern Africa, including theater...
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Poetics Today (2002) 23 (1): 21–42.
Published: 01 March 2002
...Paul Hernadi Since prehistoric times literature has been serving two complementary functions: to expand the cognitive, emotive, and volitional horizons of human awareness and to integrate our beliefs, feelings, and desires within the fluid mentality required for survival in the complex social...
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Poetics Today (2002) 23 (1): 91–122.
Published: 01 March 2002
... but potent conceptual blend. The emerging “liberal royalism” is driven by desire and characterized by an emotionally irresistible reciprocal attachment. © 2002 by the Porter Institute for Poetics and Semiotics 2002 Adam, Peter 1992 Art of the Third Reich (New York: Harry N. Abrams). Aubignac...
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Poetics Today (2002) 23 (4): 581–609.
Published: 01 December 2002
... becomes a character in a plot similar to those of Victorian novels or Shakespearean tragedies. Both of these myths rely on questionable assumptions:that any permutation of a collection of lexias results in a coherent story;that it is aesthetically desirable to be the hero of a story; and that digital...
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Poetics Today (2006) 27 (2): 463–472.
Published: 01 June 2006
...Walter Reich Western cultures, and especially American culture, commonly disapprove of persons who refuse to forgive those who have harmed them and disapprove even more strongly of persons who harbor a desire for revenge. As a consequence, persons who live within those cultures and hold...
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Poetics Today (2007) 28 (1): 89–116.
Published: 01 March 2007
... the Franco dictatorship and continuing to the present day. The obsessive memorialization of the Nationalist war dead throughout the Franco dictatorship led, at the time of the transition to democracy, to a desire to break with the past; it was not, as is often argued, a determination to forget...
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Poetics Today (2007) 28 (4): 683–794.
Published: 01 December 2007
... and artistic sense-making, between factual and fictional storytelling. Equally involved, at a higher level still, are the relations between part and whole, form and force or function, typology and teleology, theory and history, (meta)discourse and ideology, the realities of literature and the desires...
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Poetics Today (2010) 31 (2): 251–284.
Published: 01 June 2010
... the grasp of time. However, this aesthetics is shown to be illusory and self-deceptive: the very opposition between humanity and nature stems from the human desire to comprehend and thus reduce to reason (and language) what the text constructs as irreducible. Mrs. Ramsay's aesthetics gives way...
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Poetics Today (2018) 39 (2): 403–423.
Published: 01 June 2018
..., particularly in terms of gender; they posit that art objects trigger unquenchable desire; and—most significantly—they attribute transformative power to such objects. By affirming the power of art images to improve empathy and relationality in their privileged viewers, the novels reauratize art, supplementing...
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Poetics Today (2024) 45 (1): 105–129.
Published: 01 March 2024
... that encourage a paranoid reading stance, stemming from an “enigma of desire” (as in Žižek's model) and interpellations that discourage this position, derived from an “enigma of addresser” (as in Dotan's model). Ultimately, readers are left feeling confused, without a stable reading position, and are forced...