Culler. Professor of English Cornell Liniversih). Routledge London,. & Kegan. Paul. Melbourne. and Henley. 7 Apostrophe ~. which can be given point and. Semiotics texts – Jonathan Culler, The Pursuit of Signs: Semiotics, Culler also deconstructs the apostrophe—no, not the punctuation mark, but a poetic. On “apostrophe”. And some really good thinking about the use of apostrophe at the key turn(s) in this poem from Jonathan Culler’s “Apostrophe” (Diacritics

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By Kristina Marie Darling. In lyrics of this kind a temporal problem is posed: Yes, direct address to the audience of listeners or readers is relatively rare in lyric, but this does not make it a solipsistic or monological mode.

Of course, what matters is that the piece of memory is being reactivated in the present: Hutchinson – – Classical Quarterly 60 1: The Eternal Question of Chess. Beyond any particular fictional elements some fictional speaker and situationiterability would thus be inscribed in the artifact itself at a thematic apostropje as well, as it is the case with verse, sound patterning, and intertextual references at other levels.

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The leading critic and theorist — and Class of Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cornell University — will also be one of the keynote speakers at the first biennial conference of the recently founded International Network for the Study of Lyric, to be held at Boston University on June 7—11, I mean that the choices and judgments that the lyric presents to its readers involve a sort of individual partiality — a shareable partiality.

By submitting this form, you are granting: So while I would say that Christianity definitely brings changes to the lyric, I cannot give an assured or detailed response.


On the other hand, I do think that it would be wrong to assume that the claims of lyric poems must always be treated as relative to the experience of an individual. While many lyrics do have minimal narratives or events in some sort of causal sequence, the stanzas of a lyric are often not arranged in a narrative temporality; they may be different takes on a situation, or utterances that are not temporally situated in relation to one another. There are several different aspects to your question.

jonsthan Request removal from index. The title of this interview references to his book The Literary in Theory Stanford University Pressin which he charts the places of literature and the literary in contemporary theory. Culler No preview available – The clearest example of this structure is of course the elegy which replaces an irreversible temporal disjunction, the move from life to death, with a dialectical alternation between attitudes of mourning and consolation, evocations of absence and presence….

Recollection is both a major theme of lyric and a fundamental structure, but what is particularly important in the lyric is not the representation of a past event but its evocation in the lyric present, and this involves a fundamental iterability, which, as you say, is already manifested in various aspects of lyric form, such as sound patterning and rhythm.

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I think it is important to resist both these models, and prefer the notion of lyric as epideictic discourse; but, as you say, very often the assertions of lyrics are based on the preferences of an individual, even when presented as general truths.

I must confess, though, that I have little understanding of the vast period between the death of Horace and the rise of the Troubadours, or of the importance of Arabic influences on the medieval European lyric tradition. While here I stand, not only with the sense Of present pleasure, but with pleasing thoughts That in this moment there is life and food For future years.


Other publications include Structuralist Poetics and On Deconstruction. We have long said that a major theme of poetry is the act of the poetic imagination, and triangulated address gives such claims a structural basis.

Reiterated contrasts between age and youth form a structure from which the poem suddenly turns in the penultimate appstrophe with an apostrophe:. What sorts of effects do these poems have on the thoughts, attitudes, and habits of those readers, and do those effects translate into some sort of social and political efficacy? Apostrophes displace this irreversible structure by removing the opposition between presence and absence from empirical time and locating it in discursive time.

No categories specified categorize this paper. My library Help Advanced Book Search. I am especially impressed by two ideas developed in the apostropbe part of your book: Even poems that do address the reader, such as the poems by Walt Whitman that I discuss, often project an addressee too distinctive or too particularly situated for the actual audience that encounters the poem to identify with them, so that there is already a doubling of addressees.


Apostrophe, Animation, and Abortion. Now, to come to the question about lyric temporality and narrative temporality.

Gordon Fain – – Classical Quarterly 56 1: It is likely that they contribute to xuller formation of some sort of community that shares an interest in such poetry — a minority community, certainly — as Beat Poetry enhanced the self-awareness of groups we came to call Beatniks in the s and s. Most other cases are less clear cut, less easy to associate with a particular identifiable community or social movement.

Destroy All Rock Novels. Henry – – The Classical Review 20