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Poetics Today (2004) 25 (2): 171–203.
Published: 01 June 2004
... like simile, there is explicitly recognized similarity between personal memories and some aspect of the world of the text (A is like B). In another form, which functions like metaphor, the reader becomes identified with some aspect of the world of the text, usually the narrator or a character (A is B...
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Poetics Today (2018) 39 (3): 543–567.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Christopher D. Kilgore; Dan Irving This article tracks the evolution of the concept “event” through several iterations in narrative theory, from the compact, nugget-like verbal object favored in structuralist accounts, through the expanded multipart schema adapted from cognitive studies, to a more...
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Poetics Today (2020) 41 (4): 669–704.
Published: 01 December 2020
... such fundamental concepts as complication, resolution, and illustration. Since Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1766) distinguished the temporal arts like poetry, where signs are consecutive, from the spatial arts like painting, where signs are juxtaposed, the latter have been considered to be limited when it comes...
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Poetics Today (2016) 37 (4): 539–571.
Published: 01 December 2016
... powers of the whole species are fitted to the world and therefore how exquisitely the world is fitted to the mind (in Wordsworth's famous phrase). Fletcher sees us as largely adapted (like all temporarily successful organisms) to the demands of reproductive success, but not adapted to the fact...
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Poetics Today (2011) 32 (2): 215–234.
Published: 01 June 2011
.... The literary critic, like the detective, interprets clues, establishes causal connections, and identifies a guilty party: namely, the literary work accused of whitewashing or concealing social oppression. Deconstructionist critics like Shoshana Felman seek to expose the dangers of such a suspicious...
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Poetics Today (2013) 34 (4): 563–603.
Published: 01 December 2013
... at Strauss’s unusual reading of the culmination of Socrates’s great speech (Diotima on the “higher mysteries”) alongside Alkibiades’s speech in the Symposium as representing Plato’s “poetic presentation of philosophy.” The essay becomes more critical as it proceeds. Strauss’s reading of the Symposium , like...
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Poetics Today (2014) 35 (1-2): 117–171.
Published: 01 June 2014
... of the realist and the naturalist novels, in favor of greater psychological depth and complexity. Such a turn has been located in the early years of modernism by critics like Robert Humphrey (1954), Malcolm Bradbury (1995 [1976]), and Stanley Sultan (1987) and in the late nineteenth century by scholars like...
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Poetics Today (2017) 38 (2): 363–391.
Published: 01 June 2017
... opponents by ridiculing deserved failures and absurd successes. Thus narrative genre ties surface-frame phrases like “rights of man” and “swinish multitude” to deep-frame assumptions about more fundamental concepts (human nature, society, government). © 2017 by Porter Institute for Poetics and Semiotics...
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Poetics Today (2017) 38 (3): 569–587.
Published: 01 September 2017
... Basic Elements of Narrative to reveal that the contemporary novel has reconceived accuracy in a nonliteral way. For post-postmodernists, experiential accuracy is more important than empirical accuracy. The contemporary novel often focuses on revealing what it feels like to be certain characters...
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Poetics Today (2019) 40 (1): 135–158.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Matthew Flaherty Over the past two decades a growing number of scholars has resisted attitudes and methods associated with critique in favor of an array of “postcritical” reading methods indebted to phenomenological thought. Methods like “reparative reading” (Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick), “object...
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Poetics Today (2019) 40 (3): 559–577.
Published: 01 September 2019
... and empathetic emotions for an actual environment—the Appalachian Mountains—that is wounded and scarred. I argue that the novel’s protagonists allow readers to imaginatively experience what it is like to love an environment and then witness its destruction by mountaintop removal mining. Pancake’s decision...
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Poetics Today (2019) 40 (3): 429–451.
Published: 01 September 2019
... or geographically distant narratives “closer” to the recipient under the assumption that their impact will increase. In this article, we review experimental and other empirical evidence on narrative processing in order to unravel which types of personal relevance are more likely to be impactful than others, which...
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Poetics Today (2019) 40 (4): 683–698.
Published: 01 December 2019
... anticipates the reader’s likely negative comments and thus becomes in tune with his perspective; and (3) the tactic of enlarging the audience by which the narrator reincorporates a sectarian ideology into a larger and more universal ensemble. The conclusion questions the place of the reader and investigates...
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Poetics Today (2019) 40 (4): 645–681.
Published: 01 December 2019
... metrics like “free verse,” “accentual verse,” and “iambic pentameter,” the article suggests that its rhythms arise instead from a rich and complex vernacular style that cannot be explained by the constraints of Anglo-American versification. Copyright © 2019 by Porter Institute for Poetics and Semiotics...
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Poetics Today (2020) 41 (1): 117–139.
Published: 01 March 2020
... , like many of DeLillo’s other early novels, frequently represents states of silence and unspeakability. DeLillo’s early fiction shares these concerns with Ludwig Wittgenstein’s early philosophy, particularly the remarks on tautology, silence, and the limits of language in Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus...
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Poetics Today (2020) 41 (1): 37–57.
Published: 01 March 2020
... play on the interests of the Merton Calculators, who used the logical thinking Scholasticism had developed in response to theological problems to investigate problems associated with natural philosophy. Chaucer’s joke reveals the way that the logical work of philosophers like Thomas Aquinas...
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Poetics Today (2020) 41 (2): 281–299.
Published: 01 June 2020
... by the brain). Monteverdi and Busenello’s Coronation of Poppaea and Hóng Shēng’s Palace of Lasting Life use contrastive poetic and musical styles to dramatize the debate-like quality inherent in such negotiations, further revealing a strong connection between the affective “ingredients” that make up socially...
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Poetics Today (2000) 21 (4): 711–749.
Published: 01 December 2000
..., as in the detective story, and/or to functional drives, like surprise, no less than to the teller's blind spots. What distinguishes the perspectival or the unreliability hypothesis is that it brings discordant elements into pattern by attributing them to the peculiarities of the speaker through whom the world...
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Poetics Today (2001) 22 (1): 25–39.
Published: 01 March 2001
... constitutes praise for the original (in Hutcheon's phrase, parody “authorizes”the original). I am concerned that an overly expansive definition of parody may lose the crucial distinction that makes parody so important to stylisticians, namely that well-done parodies (like Beerbohm's of Henry James...
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Poetics Today (2001) 22 (1): 129–244.
Published: 01 March 2001
... turns out definitionally attached to factivity as a branch of nondirect (e.g., “knew that...”) quotation. Like all discourse about discourse, it necessarily joins together the viewpoints of quoter and quotee (e.g., attributor cum presupposer and subject of“knowledge”) for us to unpack. So all...