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Poetics Today (2018) 39 (1): 113–129.
Published: 01 February 2018
... it allowed for such payoffs, ultimately makes novel reading an inner-directed activity. Readers derive pleasure from the various ways the novel makes them aware of their ontological differences from characters. Rhetorical theory, by contrast, sees the nexus of fictionality, audience, and character...
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Poetics Today (2018) 39 (2): 225–243.
Published: 01 June 2018
... by modes of rewriting the artwork and in the process questioning accepted meanings, values, and beliefs, not just relating to the particular artwork in question but referencing the ways of seeing and the scopic regimes of the culture at large. Since these changes in writing and reading practices tend...
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Poetics Today (2007) 28 (3): 499–526.
Published: 01 September 2007
... . This mode and that book particularly exerted a profound influence on Ludwig Wittgenstein, and in a fairly self-contained sector of his masterpiece, Philosophical Investigations , we see a modernized version of such self-interrogation in action. In his remarks on the experience of reading—a familiar...
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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 (2017) 38 (2): 255–272.
Published: 01 June 2017
... vivid images occur when fictional acts of seeing force readers to shift from action-oriented visualization to object visualization. Some pertinent examples of these close-up, focalized descriptions of perception are discussed, which encourage substituting the automatic default mode with a more conscious...
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Poetics Today (2018) 39 (1): 41–65.
Published: 01 February 2018
...Nicholas Paige When literary scholars analyze narrative personhood historically, they typically see periods , explained as an effect of deeper psychosocial mutations. Thus the dominant first person of the eighteenth century is the counterpart to a new bourgeois subject, while the third-person...
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Poetics Today (2018) 39 (3): 623–643.
Published: 01 September 2018
... that the concepts foregrounded by unnatural approaches may serve to pinpoint where digital narratives create impossibilities in their departure from older media, or where they adopt impossible configurations that are part of particular narrative traditions. In turn, cognitive-theoretical approaches help us see how...
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Poetics Today (2020) 41 (4): 539–559.
Published: 01 December 2020
... manifest in their literary works, a Deleuzian reading sees them as physicians of their cultures responding to an intolerable mode of existence, which is indiscernibly both personal and collective. A Deleuzian reading thus explores both the symptoms of pathological social present and new possibilities...
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Poetics Today (2021) 42 (3): 425–448.
Published: 01 September 2021
... narratology has been mostly concerned with the latter case, we will see that a comparison between narratives belonging to these two poles can help us better understand the functioning of narrative texts, most of them situated between these two extremes. Drawing on stories of a plane crash found in daily...
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Poetics Today (2000) 21 (1): 95–128.
Published: 01 March 2000
... diversity as the “unsurpassable horizon” of the post-1989 period, the article sees in the alliance between new avant-garde and multicultural poetries the promise of a liberatory poetry and poetics that would contribute to the development of multiple cultural literacies. © 2000 by the Porter Institute...
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Poetics Today (2001) 22 (3): 551–605.
Published: 01 September 2001
... of the suggestive elements of the original image. This article begins with some methodological considerations regarding the musical equivalent of what literary scholars know as ekphrasis (see Spitzer 1962 [1955]; Hagstrum 1958; Krieger 1967,1992; Lund 1992 [1982]; Clüver 1989, 1997; Scott 1991, 1994; Mitchell 1992...
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Poetics Today (2001) 22 (3): 651–668.
Published: 01 September 2001
... such an opposition between theory and history and argues for a lyric theory that sees poetic language as representing historical experience within the very formal elements and self-consciousness of language that are lyric poetry's distinctive features. Paul Celan offers a paradigmatic illustration of such synthesis...
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Poetics Today (2007) 28 (3): 475–497.
Published: 01 September 2007
... of Heiberg's aesthetics are discussed and their echoes in Kierkegaard's writing illustrated. Kierkegaard is also aware that Heiberg's schema of genres breaks down in the face of modernity and such modern art forms as the novel. Here Mikhail Bakhtin (a reader of Kierkegaard) can help us see a carnivalistic...
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Poetics Today (2007) 28 (3): 527–570.
Published: 01 September 2007
... it philosophically interesting. Instead of looking to philosophy to provide a theory of biography, we should, I maintain, look to biography to provide a crucially important example and model of what Ludwig Wittgenstein called “the kind of understanding that consists in seeing connections.” This kind of understanding...
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Poetics Today (2005) 26 (4): 665–696.
Published: 01 December 2005
...Galin Tihanov I discuss here Shklovsky's theory of estrangement as formulated in a number of texts written before the October revolution of 1917. The concept of estrangement can only be properly grasped if the early Shklovsky is placed in the context of World War I; we need to begin to see him...
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Poetics Today (2006) 27 (3): 597–614.
Published: 01 September 2006
... to the circus in ruins and the ever-present nightmare shadows of death, in the midst of dreamworld pleasure and titillation, which hovers over the circus. This means rethinking the role of representation and nostalgia which Carmeli finds underlying the lion act to see how the act, the artist Howes...
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Poetics Today (2006) 27 (2): 473–488.
Published: 01 June 2006
... in order to see if they can be understood by reference to the trauma of the parents. This will be done on the basis of literary testimonies, namely, Eva Hoffman's After Such Knowledge: Memory, History, and the Legacy of the Holocaust and Carl Friedman's Nightfather. Second-Generation Testimony...
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Poetics Today (2008) 29 (1): 31–48.
Published: 01 March 2008
.... The specific characteristics of photography have left their mark upon fiction: they have generated new ways of seeing and, consequently, of reading. This essay explores how photography has renewed fiction and continues to do so through its specific properties. In addition, its particular position within word...
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Poetics Today (2008) 29 (2): 227–244.
Published: 01 June 2008
...H. Porter Abbott The difficulty of understanding emergent behavior is usually attributed to our need to see in it the operation of some kind of centralized control where there is in fact none (Keller 1985, Resnick 1994). Yet as a species, we seem to have little difficulty with complex narratives...
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Poetics Today (2008) 29 (4): 629–667.
Published: 01 December 2008
... of dissident opposition. Beyond binary oppositions of truth vs. falsehood, and dissidents vs. state, on which previous perceptions of samizdat have depended, we might now see the essential quality of samizdat to be its exemplification of epistemic instability, inasmuch as samizdat texts are not automatically...