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Romanic Review (2012) 103 (3-4): 596–600.
Published: 01 May 2012
... a member of Oulipo, even deceased). The application of an arbitrary ("aleatoire") constraint is the group's credo, even though what defines "arbitrary" is debated. James asks just how "arbitrary" a consciously constructed and practiced literary constraint is while studying chance in Perec's work because...
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Romanic Review (2007) 98 (2-3): 135–151.
Published: 01 May 2007
... through appearances, it is a most useful sign that our fantasy will at some point deserve to forget. ("Examen de metaforas" 65-66) Language, according to this view, is not, or not just, an arbitrary system of signs and symbols, as a strictly nominalist view would hold; it is also a practical map...
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Romanic Review (2014) 105 (3-4): 401–408.
Published: 01 May 2014
... that it rearticulates those earlier criticisms of the Pleiade editions, it also seems a little tendentious. After all, an editor's approach to his material may be artificial, contrived, and even flatly wrong, without being "aleatory" or "arbitrary." Quite the contrary, in fact: whatever the alleged defects of Del...
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Romanic Review (2009) 100 (1-2): 93–101.
Published: 01 January 2009
... to recognize. The challenge of producing emotively-charged meaning out of encounters that seem arbitrary and indeed stretch the sense of connection, but are not utterly arbitrary: this is a more sympathetic way of describing the ambition of the "big ambitious novel" that Wood sees hardening into a contemporary...
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Romanic Review (2017) 108 (1-4): 327–329.
Published: 01 January 2017
... has mostly been criticized for its arbitrariness and lack of rigor (judgment passed by, among ­others, Gianfranco Contini). A detailed introduction, divided into several sections, inaugurates this edition. It opens with a reconstruction of Tomaso s biography or, to be more precise, of what...
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Romanic Review (2007) 98 (2-3): 249–264.
Published: 01 May 2007
... of experience. Far from exhausting our experience, it represents only facets of it " ; as such, it is "arbitrary."2 A small sampling of other commentators (a comprehensive list might include a majority) will bear out Mills' claim. According to Ana Maria Barrenechea, Borges has "unrecelo radical" about language...
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Romanic Review (2010) 101 (1-2): 253–256.
Published: 01 January 2010
... arbitrary rules in order to exclude Jakobson and others like him from the company of readers whose perceptions serve as the standard of perceptibility. 1 Which brings me to another nagging question: Why was criticism so routinely excluded from the Riffaterrean classroom? In the end, the type of argument...
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Romanic Review (2007) 98 (2-3): 123–134.
Published: 01 January 2007
... to recall briefly the narrative structure through which it does so. Read in one way, the story uses a narrator to create progressively the stupendous idea of Funes, and thereby to expose the philosophical point that both perception and memory not only do, but must, function through a gross and arbitrary...
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Romanic Review (2007) 98 (2-3): 169–187.
Published: 01 May 2007
... always distrusted presumed so far upon her good faith as to sell her a number of cylindrical hats; a year later it was divulged that those absurd creations had never been worn in Paris at allf-consequently they were not hats, but arbitrary, unauthorized whims (157; 107, translation modified). The war...
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Romanic Review (2008) 99 (3-4): 397–400.
Published: 01 May 2008
... in not-so-veiled ways the arbitrary vengeance and despotism of the French monarchy in her presentation of intrigues at the court of the English kings Henry VII and Henry VIII in Le Comte de Warwick. D'Aulnoy similarly takes up the injustices of state and family efforts to control sexuality through absolute...
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Romanic Review (2002) 93 (4): 445–457.
Published: 01 November 2002
... the language of science and the science of language, in order to overcome or control chance. How can language with all its equivocation (caught in the contingency of the natural vv'orld and historical time) be purified in order to accord it with the arbitrary, selfgenerating certainties of science...
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Romanic Review (2009) 100 (4): 575–579.
Published: 01 November 2009
... fascinating and suggestive juxtapositions, but can also create an impression of arbitrariness (as the author himself acknowledges). One consequence is that the book sometimes belabors points of transition to establish intriguing but questionable connections. For instance, Chapter Eight suggests that Jane...
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Romanic Review (2005) 96 (1): 112–115.
Published: 01 January 2005
... that credits it for breaking defiantly with "Ie fetichisme du texte"-that is, with the arbitrary privilege most readers still insist on according to the published work. The larger ambition of fa critique genetique has been to justify "l'etude du travail" and "Ie refus de la teleologie," and it has thereby...
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Romanic Review (2013) 104 (3-4): 253–274.
Published: 01 May 2013
... and Huh, "Language and Dismemberment" 112. In Reason's account, castration is linked with the Fall, and her discussion about postlapsarian linguistics focuses on the word "coilles" (slang for "testicles For Jean's Reason, after the Fall (symbolized as castration) signs are now arbitrary...
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Romanic Review (2002) 93 (1-2): 31–44.
Published: 01 January 2002
... described as a completely irrational symbol nevertheless provided an adequate solution to specific problems. Returning to the need for arbitrary symbols invented in moments of crisis or of passionate decision, Lacan poses the question of the distinction between the subject and the living individual: "What...
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Romanic Review (2018) 109 (1-4): 103–126.
Published: 01 January 2018
... or non-C­ atholic texts, as had been the convention since the Counter-R­ eformation.6 In the case of the state and morality, censorship was a m­ atter of the arbitrary decision of the censor. 6 A random sampling of the censoring of Protestant tests in the years 1820 and 1821 include the admission...
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Romanic Review (2010) 101 (4): 619–637.
Published: 01 November 2010
.... Frame 339. I have preferred "discourse" to Frame's "reason." 31. Frame 419. I have modified Frame's "they" to "we." KATHLEEN BACHYNSKI inconsistent. Yet in his essay "De la coutume," Montaigne describes these artificial human constructs as fully realized arbitrary structures dangerous to disturb...
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Romanic Review (2004) 95 (1-2): 227–233.
Published: 01 January 2004
... the names, coats of arms, mottos, and colors of old, aristocratic families) as arbitrary as they first seem, play for the imagination the role of transformers of poetic energy: it is through connections that bind them together that the emotion born of a pastoral spectacle can extend freely across...
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Romanic Review (2009) 100 (1-2): 137–146.
Published: 01 January 2009
... the translator and blaming Sartre on Dostoevsky and Dostoevsky on Sue, Nabokov resumes the novel's plot and then goes on to say the following: When an author inflicts his idle and arbitrary philosophic fancy on a hapless person he has invented for that purpose, a lot of NABOKOV'S CANON 143 talent is needed...
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Romanic Review (2021) 112 (1): 39–61.
Published: 01 May 2021
.... Dante is if anything guilty of exuberance and lax theology in his reconceptualization of the classical Fortuna in Inferno 7; he is not so much heterodox as he is carried away with his idea of Christianizing the blind and arbitrary goddess of antiquity. He makes excessive claims while executing his...