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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Beyond any particular fictional elements some fictional speaker and situationiterability would thus be inscribed in the artifact itself at a thematic level as well, as it is the case with verse, sound patterning, and intertextual references at other levels.

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Though some novels do allude to a present moment when the story is being told, this is generally incidental to the story itself and to the linear temporality of events that it presupposes. A Conversation with Jonathan Culler. One might identify, for example, as instances of the triumph of the apostrophic, poems which, in a very common move, substitute a fictional, non-temporal opposition for a temporal one, substitute a temporality of discourse for a referential temporality.

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Henry – – The Classical Review 20 apostrophs 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?

The Eternal Question of Chess. Campbell Bonner – – The Classical Review 20 4: There are several different cullr to your question. Campbell Bonner – – The Classical Review 19 The jonatgan 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.

Students of lyric are often eager to attempt to show that the contemporary lyric is politically radical and disruptive — usually because of its parody of dominant discourses or because of its linguistic deformations of ordinary ways of making sense — but it is hard to demonstrate that the presence of such strategies in poems has the desired effects.


I was exploring the various ways in which literary works could be said to be performative and noted that, if we say literary utterances are performative, in that they aposttophe into being the characters and worlds to which they purport to refer, then this apostro;he of being performative would, in my view, apply to fiction and not to lyric, which I consider not to be fiction most lyrics make claims about our world, not about some fictional worldthough lyric poems may certainly contain fictional elements.

The lyric often presents itself as the discourse of a minority uttered against the dominant ideology and values traditionally, love and beauty against politics and utility. In Theory of the LyricI am opposing two models, each of which has been abusively taken as the model for lyrics in general: Dancing through semiotics, reader-response I was just wondering if recollection — a form of repetition embedded as a theme in the poem — could also have structural functions.

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Thank you for signing up! Henry – – The Classical Review 19 Yes, I think that is well stated. How does the reader respond to the repeatability of the lyric, to the fact that the event happening now has already repeatedly happened? The question of whether we can indeed choose between these alternatives and precisely appostrophe such a choice would entail is extremely difficult, but the poem has, through its apostrophic turn, made this the central issue. Could lyric discourse actually gain power from this rhetorical self-definition as a minor, ineffective, and fallible genre?

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: A major difference is the importance of a present of discourse for the lyric: No categories specified categorize this paper. There are, of course, arguments among specialists about when lyrics began to be written johathan and when this became more than a convenience for performers of lyric.

To conclude our conversation, I would like to refer to the last chapter of Theory of the Lyricwhere you discuss the role of the lyric in society. Culler No preview available – Sign in Create an account. Apostrlphe contrasts between age and youth form a structure from which the poem suddenly turns in the penultimate stanza with an apostrophe:.

That is not a conclusion welcomed by many students of poetry these days, but it seems to me that the history of the Western lyric and of its reception bears that out. It offers a range of formulas about the beauty and desirability of the beloved, her inaccessibility, the misery of the lover who is ignored or treated cruelly by the beloved, which readers can repeat and which help them feel part of a long chain of sufferers who are often disdained or misunderstood by those who are not in love.


Webster – – The Classical Review 15 Hutchinson – – Classical Quarterly 60 1: Think of the case of refrains as the most obvious. In a world increasingly mediated, it offers insights into our ways of consuming texts that are both brilliant and bold.

And where there is the address to absent or inanimate entities, this certainly has the effect of focusing attention on the moment of address, the lyric present, and thus on the lyric discourse itself, especially since many apostrophes are at some level gratuitous: To gain a deeper understanding of the literary movement that has dominated recent Anglo-American literary criticism, The Pursuit of Signs is a must. Culler Limited preview – RoutledgeNov 29, – Literary Criticism – pages.


There is less than a week left to support our matching grant fund drive! I mean that the choices and judgments that the lyric presents to its readers involve a sort of individual partiality — a shareable partiality.

Second, given that there is a history of the Western lyric, I have been inclined to stress continuities, in part because the historicist-contextualist criticism that is currently dominant in the United States is eager to declare discontinuities.

From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy jstor. Now, to come to the question about lyric temporality and narrative temporality. I wonder if it could instead be relevant, in slightly different terms, for the epideictic function that you notice in the lyric.

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I am certainly not trying to eliminate the notion of subjectivity entirely from the domain of lyric. By Kristina Marie Darling. Other publications include Structuralist Poetics and On Deconstruction.