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Poetics Today (2021) 42 (4): 519–540.
Published: 01 December 2021
... such Tractarian metaphors as “showing and saying,” “logical space,” “reflecting the world as in a mirror,” “ineffability,” and “climbing and throwing away a ladder.” The proposed examination concentrates mainly on the distinction—but also the connection—between what, through language as used in both philosophy...
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Poetics Today (2020) 41 (1): 83–100.
Published: 01 March 2020
... preoccupation not with certain ideas or content but with the power of form. The upshot is that the turn to formal logic returns philosophy to a transformed version of the “ancient quarrel” with which it began. © 2020 by Porter Institute for Poetics and Semiotics 2020 say/show distinction Ludwig...
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Poetics Today (2020) 41 (1): 117–139.
Published: 01 March 2020
... to the symbolism itself, to the mode of signification. But while tautologies lack sense, Wittgenstein hastens to add, they are not nonsensical (34); while they depict or say nothing (39), they nevertheless display or show the logic of depiction (20). This say/show distinction, as it has come to be known...
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Poetics Today (2007) 28 (3): 499–526.
Published: 01 September 2007
... might, under the influence of these pernicious philosophical pictures, say easily that, whatever else one says, this is incontrovertible. Instead, §160 shows that this is, against the easy presumption, hardly the case: under the influence of some drug, a person may report having the sensation...
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Poetics Today (2004) 25 (1): 91–135.
Published: 01 March 2004
..., Proust and Marcel are one and the same categorical denial no, Proust and Marcel are utterly distinct or nebulous fence- sitting the matter cannot be decided, and that is the glory of the Recher- che, for reasons best left unstated at the present time3 This essay will, therefore, attempt to show how...
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Poetics Today (2000) 21 (3): 503–519.
Published: 01 September 2000
... to show (1)why it appeared useful for literary theory and what happens when literature is construed as fundamentally performative; (2) how it functions in theory and criticism associated with deconstruction, and (3) what role it plays in recent work in gender studies and queer theory, where Judith Butler...
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Poetics Today (2010) 31 (4): 679–720.
Published: 01 December 2010
... most of my represen- tational mode, say, “When Bunia was five years old, his nose was severely hurt by an unfastened window when he took a peek outside.” This simple example shows that, though various other elements recur, the relation to the diegesis easily changes with the shift of perspective...
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Poetics Today (2004) 25 (4): 609–625.
Published: 01 December 2004
... in verse21 Philosophy, he states, has always tried to say more than words can say. Words founder in the face of universal ideas, that is, in the face of the phenomenon of life. However, Wittgenstein shows that it is only with and through words, and with and through the most artistic as well as the most...
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Poetics Today (2000) 21 (2): 293–318.
Published: 01 June 2000
... against the time of its telling (or the shown against the showing). Without these two temporalities and without the discursive mechanisms for clearly differentiating between them—say, event sequence in the told and some markers...
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Poetics Today (2007) 28 (4): 807–816.
Published: 01 December 2007
.... Others focus on modern readers’ reading, assuming that the preferences and interpretive powers that are derived from those evolved in distant millennia remain largely the same: for example, “women may have evolved . . . to prefer cues in men that show high sexual success, or ‘good genes...
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Poetics Today (2017) 38 (3): 549–568.
Published: 01 September 2017
... the two chapters. They show that purposeful and sophisticated mental functioning is attributed to this large group of people and that a social mind has been formed. The historian Thomas Macaulay devotes a long passage in his History of England (1986 [1848]) to another large group of people...
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Poetics Today (2010) 31 (1): 107–125.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Paul Grimstad In his essay “The Philosophy of Composition” (1846), Edgar Allan Poe describes how he composed his lyric poem “The Raven” by following a series of predetermined steps. My essay shows how Poe's description of composition as rule following both has suggestive affinities...
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Poetics Today (2004) 25 (3): 465–495.
Published: 01 September 2004
... the disappearance of all problems; Beckett’s is to be brought about by the end of all manifestations. Both, needless to say, fail to reach their goal. In both Beckett and Wittgenstein, that which cannot be said ‘‘shows itself ’’ (Witt- genstein 1999: 85; Tractatus 6.522). And as with Karl Kraus (1955: 326...
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Poetics Today (2001) 22 (2): 453–474.
Published: 01 June 2001
... to deliver, showing what the significance is of the structure of the lie. Lacan says the subject of analysis is given ‘‘one more opportunity to alien- ate himself ’’ (Lacan c: so, paradoxically, he or she may find himself or herself: ‘‘I identify myself in language, but only by losing myself in it like...
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Poetics Today (2021) 42 (4): 645–650.
Published: 01 December 2021
... of custom play in Renaissance literature? Stephanie Elsky's wonderful new book offers an extended meditation on this question. Recovering a sense of custom that requires pulling aside the curtain of modernity, Elsky shows just how fecund, how fertile, and how enabling of rhetorical invention and literary...
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Poetics Today (2017) 38 (4): 605–634.
Published: 01 December 2017
... of The Lump of Coal (2008) by Lemony Snicket. The analysis shows that stories can be interpreted as ways of circulating and negotiating narrative templates on three levels. First, the plot of the text itself can be read as a circulation of elements taken from various domains mentioned in the story (especially...
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Poetics Today (2006) 27 (3): 625–630.
Published: 01 September 2006
...- fulness as opposed to tragedy or lyricism. Moreover, if it shows that meta- leptic maneuvers and manipulations can put into question a fundamental narratological distinction like that between story and discourse by trans- gressing the presumably inviolable border separating them, it also confirms...
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Poetics Today (2000) 21 (2): 423–433.
Published: 01 June 2000
... mistakenly, I have suggested—the better to show the contributions that they make to linguistic meaning That sentence both privileges ‘‘Austin’s purpose’’ over Austin’s words and assumes that we can ‘‘certainly’’ know the purpose...
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Poetics Today (2002) 23 (2): 291–326.
Published: 01 June 2002
... a piddling distinction. Nonetheless, it does three important things: it establishes Troilus as a play ‘‘in the interroga- tive mood it links Troilus to the intellectual intensity of Hamlet; and it shows that Troilus exploits, as fully as does Hamlet, the function of questions to shift discourse, to break...
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Poetics Today (2013) 34 (4): 605–610.
Published: 01 December 2013
...), they do not mean, as Genette would, that these narratives tend to show the perceptions of the extradiegetic narrator. Rather, they intend to claim that the distinctiveness of the voice has such a defamiliarizing effect that the reader is no longer able to adopt the “internal perspective...