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Poetics Today (2018) 39 (4): 651–678.
Published: 01 December 2018
... of feminine power. This essay asks what Austen’s portrayal of minds attempting to read others tells us about her narrator’s entry into her characters’ minds, and it finds answers to this question in the novel’s word games. In their presentation, solutions, and responses, riddles reveal Austen’s foundation...
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Poetics Today (2016) 37 (4): 539–571.
Published: 01 December 2016
... of adaptation. Literature — tragedy in particular — helps us cope, both individually and perhaps as a whole species, with the grim riddle of our estrangement from a world whose blind mechanisms we have to cope with. Some recent work in cognitive cultural studies can be taken to argue that aesthetic experiences...
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Poetics Today (2013) 34 (4): 519–562.
Published: 01 December 2013
... that accords with the understanding the author wished his reader to arrive at. The question of how that is determined hinges on the principle that cryptic puzzles have as a rule only one correct solution, which in turn may be assumed to be authorially intended, as is the case with the solution to the riddle...
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Poetics Today (2009) 30 (1): 67–88.
Published: 01 March 2009
... On the Beneficence of Censorship (1984), Lev Loseff proposes a theory of Aesopian language. For Loseff (ibid.: 87), the Aesopian text functions like a riddle and relies on ambivalence so that one and the same text obfuscates the censor by means of “screens” and provides the key for deciphering the hidden mes...
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Poetics Today (2000) 21 (4): 751–781.
Published: 01 December 2000
..., as in a riddle. Consider the following riddle, common among children: ‘‘Which cheese is made backwardEdam Our linguistic competence requires us to run through the hierarchy of signifiers, from the string of graphemes, through the string of phonemes, the semantic units, down to extralinguistic reality...
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Poetics Today (2007) 28 (3): 393–441.
Published: 01 September 2007
... of the aphorism as a unique genre of short prose. Most generally, Morson situates the aphorism within a catalog of short prose forms that includes quotations, riddles, dicta, maxims, proverbs, slogans, witticisms, and epigrams. The principal aim is to define and describe the aphorism as a unique kind...
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Poetics Today (2009) 30 (4): 653–668.
Published: 01 December 2009
... (or while doing it), one must consider nothingness, since something can only exist in the face of nothingness, just as meaning only exists in the face of nonmeaning, just as Oedipus’s answer to the Sphinx’s riddle, if it were the only possible answer, would destroy meaning by forever...
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Poetics Today (2015) 36 (3): 151–174.
Published: 01 September 2015
..., we find the depiction of sex organs as a lock and key, as devices for weaving, as a bow and an arrow, or as a ring and a spike, as used in a game in the epic of Staver.37 In it, the husband fails to recognize his wife, who is dressed up as a warrior. She poses him a riddle: “D’you remember...
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Poetics Today (2007) 28 (2): 247–281.
Published: 01 June 2007
..., with a Catalogue of Responses (Los Angeles: California University Press). Ford, Andrew 1994 “Protagoras' Head: Interpreting Philosophic Fragments in Theaetetus,” American Journal of Philology 115 : 199 -218. Forster, E. S. 1945 “Riddles and Problems from the Greek Anthology,” Greece and Rome 14...
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Poetics Today (2000) 21 (1): 221–262.
Published: 01 March 2000
... Figure Skating For the next several sections, I consider how cryptography resembles more familiar modes of verbal indirection—figures, rhymes, riddles, and puns— The record is not clear about whether Guiteau was blonde. One...
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Poetics Today (2009) 30 (3): 471–515.
Published: 01 September 2009
...: Cognitive Science and the Riddle of Human Creativity , edited by Mark Turner, 57 -71 (New York: Oxford University Press). Sternberg, Meir 2003 “Universals of Narrative and Their Cognitivist Fortunes (I),” Poetics Today 24 : 297 -395. Tinbergen, Niko 1954 Curious Naturalists (New York: Basic...
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Poetics Today (2021) 42 (4): 651–655.
Published: 01 December 2021
...Graham Allen Jessica Mason , Intertextuality in Practice . Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 33. Amsterdam : John Benjamins , 2019 . xii +204 pp. Scarlett Baron , The Birth of Intertextuality: The Riddle of Creativity . Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives...
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Poetics Today (2017) 38 (4): 717–729.
Published: 01 December 2017
... Littérature et engagement: De Pascal à Sartre ( Paris : Seuil ). Donald Merlin . 2006 “ Art and the Cognitive Revolution .” In The Artful Mind: Cognitive Science and the Riddle of Human Creativity , edited by Turner Mark , 3 – 20 ( New York : Oxford University Press ). Dorleijn...
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Poetics Today (2005) 26 (1): 79–111.
Published: 01 March 2005
...) tend to the conclusion that they are. Attardo (2001: 23) writes that ‘‘any joke has to be cast in some form of narrative organization, either as a simple narrative, as a dialogue (question and answer), as a (pseudo-)riddle, as an aside in conversa- tion, etc However, he admits that to date...
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Poetics Today (2022) 43 (4): 595–610.
Published: 01 December 2022
...), and hence we should pay attention to the “functional multiplicity of appropriately contextualized similes”: through simile, “we come to register difference in likeness, likeness in difference” (211, 220). In a recent account, Jennifer Riddle Harding ( 2017 ) concurs, contending by way of example...
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Poetics Today (2008) 29 (3): 603–609.
Published: 01 September 2008
... and its riddles, the common world and the conflicts between its shared values” (14) and, generally, the ideology of literature in the 1930s. Roussin draws on an impressive amount of sources quoted at length, mainly reflections by writers, intellectuals, and politicians on the respec- tive...
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Poetics Today (2017) 38 (1): 163–188.
Published: 01 February 2017
... semantic fields which presents to the reader a number of riddles: Which field interprets which? Does each field recipro- cally interpret the other? This disjunction or distance raises additional riddles. To begin with: what is the function of what the twentieth-century literary scholar and editor...
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Poetics Today (2000) 21 (2): 435–441.
Published: 01 June 2000
... other literary forms seem often to evade’’ Indeed, Macherey himself, the insightful theoretical forebear of Morettian divarication, and tireless searcher for a kind of detective tale in which ‘‘the artifice is not a riddle...
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Poetics Today (2021) 42 (4): 499–517.
Published: 01 December 2021
... of his first scholarly monograph was Dostoevsky—the author relentlessly tackling the issue of selfhood. “The foundational riddle of Dostoevsky's writing,” a commentator observed, “perhaps the most confusing, contradictory, and agonized aspect of his philosophical worldview,” is “his simultaneous advocacy...
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Poetics Today (2006) 27 (4): 675–691.
Published: 01 December 2006
... concerned with calling upon the reader to respond to directions, fill in blanks, answer riddles, and so forth. At the time Iser was completing The Implied Reader, in addition to Preston’s pair of chapters in The Created Self, Howard Anderson’s ‘‘Tristram Shandy and the Reader’s Imagination’’ appeared...