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Poetics Today (2010) 31 (2): 331–351.
Published: 01 June 2010
...Jean-Pierre Sonnet God's enigmatic answer to Moses' question about his name— Ehyeh asher ehyeh , usually translated “I am who I am” (Exod. 3:14)—has provoked philological analysis for centuries, often coupled with high philosophical and theological reflection; yet little attention has been paid...
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Poetics Today (2018) 39 (2): 245–263.
Published: 01 June 2018
...Liliane Louvel This article aims at offering a reassessment of ekphrasis, expanding on the definitions in work by Tamar Yacobi and James A. W. Heffernan, to name only two. It aims to distinguish between different types of ekphrasis according to the various functions it may assume: narrativizing...
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Poetics Today (2018) 39 (2): 265–285.
Published: 01 June 2018
... landscapes of our digital age. Against the backdrop of intermediality theory, my functional analysis of the cultural work of ekphrasis builds its argument on the analysis of three novels: No Violet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names (2014), Taiye Selasi’s Ghana Must Go (2013), and Teju Cole’s Open City (2011). I...
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Poetics Today (2020) 41 (1): 37–57.
Published: 01 March 2020
... and the Merton Calculators relies on formal qualities more closely associated with literature, namely, character and narrative. In making a case that literature and logic rely on these same formal structures, Chaucer affirms literature’s capacity to present examples, concrete manifestations of philosophical...
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Poetics Today (2020) 41 (2): 281–299.
Published: 01 June 2020
... depicting lovers’ quarrels and morally flawed characters may paradoxically strike audiences as more authentically romantic because they dramatize an aspect of attachment emotions’ functioning recently elucidated by cognitive science, namely, that of “body budgeting” (allocation of energy resources...
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Poetics Today (2020) 41 (4): 561–593.
Published: 01 December 2020
... between enchantment and disenchantment in an always imbalanced environment. Engaging other scholars and using examples from modern French and German poetry, the article also ventures a new understanding of lyric modernity. Rather than naming a historical event to be lamented, disenchantment unveils a risk...
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Poetics Today (2020) 41 (4): 595–617.
Published: 01 December 2020
..., the article introduces Ghilan’s early poetry, followed by a close analysis of his groundbreaking and understudied poem “In Enemy Land,” written upon his return to Israel. Ghilan’s poetry overturns nationalist discourse by revisiting the events of 1948 and evoking the dual notion of return, namely, the Israeli...
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Poetics Today (2000) 21 (1): 221–262.
Published: 01 March 2000
......” is partly shaped by the syllables of the author's name. I call this process lyric cryptography . I justify cryptography by recourse not to authorial intention (Milton and Shakespeare may not even have been aware of the cryptographs I identify in their texts) but to what I call the textual act : the poet's...
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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 (4): 829–852.
Published: 01 December 2001
... and contextual worlds can logically take place. Evidence of how crucial such theorization has been in the development of contextualist narratology is sought in the examination of a test case, namely the much-disputed project of feminist narratology. © 2001 by the Porter Institute for Poetics and Semiotics...
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Poetics Today (2002) 23 (1): 123–139.
Published: 01 March 2002
... of Barbauld's Hymns implicates it in the eighteenth-century ideological project of socializing children, particularly those coming from working-class families, to their proper stations in life. I investigate possible cognitive underpinnings of one particular aspect of Barbauld's “catechist,”namely its reliance...
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Poetics Today (2002) 23 (2): 251–289.
Published: 01 June 2002
...Martin Svensson Ekstroem I approach the closely interrelated topics of classical Chinese poetics and theories of language from a somewhat unconventional perspective, namely the relationship between some early texts dealing with aural and optical illusions and the reading of poetic imagery...
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Poetics Today (2002) 23 (3): 465–487.
Published: 01 September 2002
...Ruth Amossy Based on a rhetorical approach, claiming that shared values and beliefs work not only for communication but also for verbal efficacy, this essay explores the constructive functions of doxa in literary and nonliterary genres of discourse. Instead of condemning commonplaces in the name...
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Poetics Today (2010) 31 (1): 17–50.
Published: 01 March 2010
... literature, namely, the Oulipo. Porter Institute for Poetics and Semiotics 2010 Electronic Literature as World Literature; or, The Universality of Writing under Constraint Joseph Tabbi University of Illinois at Chicago, English Abstract  Electronic literature is not just a “thing...
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Poetics Today (2010) 31 (1): 51–79.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Jan Baetens This essay deals with the question of the multiple constraints that determine the production of highly commercialized literature, namely, novelization. As a literary genre, novelization is easy to define: it is the novelistic adaptation of an original film or, more specifically...
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Poetics Today (2010) 31 (1): 81–106.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Dirk de Geest; An Goris This article broadens the concept of “constrained writing” by applying it to a less prestigious domain of literature, namely, popular romance novels. In order to find out how constraints play a role in writing and publishing such commercial texts, a corpus of handbooks...
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Poetics Today (2017) 38 (1): 35–59.
Published: 01 February 2017
... components of this space: distance of concepts A and B, varieties of distances (namely, those unique to the concepts themselves and those that are descriptive of higher-order relations), the density of space in which A and B reside, and the nature of such space for concrete and abstract concepts. The authors...
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Poetics Today (2005) 26 (2): 175–207.
Published: 01 June 2005
...Benjamin Friedlander Trauma theory posits an unrepresentable excess to experience, but because most studies of trauma deal with experiences that are known and named, at least in general terms (for instance, the Holocaust), there is a tendency to treat the limits of representation as objective...
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Poetics Today (2005) 26 (4): 613–636.
Published: 01 December 2005
...Michael Holquist; Ilya Kliger Under different names, alienation has been around for a long time. However, Immanuel Kant's Copernican revolution marks a new and deeper degree of alienation. Kant's definition of the subject—denied contact with the world as such and forced constantly to synthesize...
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Poetics Today (2006) 27 (1): 125–235.
Published: 01 March 2006
...)Structuralist narratology—Genette's anti-perceptual, mind-less formalism, Barthes's drive against all sequentiality (actional, textual, historical) in the name of “writerly” license—as well as open follow-ups, in cognitivist and literary-empirical circles, for example. Through these lineages, inter alia...