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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You ask about the major discontinuities: 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.

In the following conversation, Culler not only explains the main premises and results of his work, but also suggests potential further directions for the investigation of this apparently ungraspable genre, probably the most continuous in Western literature. I might stress, though, as I say in Theory of the Lyricthat I do not have firm views on how regularly or successfully 20th- and 21st-century poets should be said to have escaped the lyric tradition. Reiterated contrasts between age and youth form a structure from which the poem suddenly turns in the penultimate stanza with an apostrophe: Recent Posts Middle Management: Other editions – View all The Pursuit of Signs: There is less than a week left to support our matching grant fund drive!

Yes, I think that is well stated.

Webster – – The Classical Review 15 Common terms and phrases Abrams activity analysis apostrophe argues assertion assumption attempt becomes Bloom catachresis claim jonatuan complex concept conventions course cultural deconstruction Derrida describe descriptive system discipline discourse discussion distinction effect example experience explicit explicitly fact fantasy fiction figures Freud function genre Harold Bloom historical hypogram identify imagination important interpretive operations intertextuality Jacques Derrida Jonathan Culler Cullet language linguistics literal literary criticism literary studies literary theory literature logic lyric M.

O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, How can we know the dancer from the dance? For the next step, you’ll be taken to a website to complete the donation and enter your billing information.

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The Turns of Metaphor. Beyond any particular fictional elements some culler 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.


Auden, and Robert Frost, for instance. Would you like to comment on the fundamental difference between lyric temporality and narrative temporality? I am especially impressed by two ideas developed in the last cupler of your book: Henry – – The Classical Review 20 In this repetition, which in turn could help make iteration viable for the reader, certain recurrent and shareable habits of mind seem to emerge.


How does the reader respond to the repeatability of the lyric, to the fact that the event happening now has already repeatedly happened? While many lyrics do have minimal narratives or events xuller 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.

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. 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 bring into being the characters and worlds to which they purport to refer, then this way 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.

A second major change is the relation not just of lyric, but of poetry in general, to the communities that spawned it. The picture of the mind revives again: From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy jstor.

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. On Aphorism, Lyric, and Experiment. By Kristina Marie Darling. Most other cases are less clear cut, less easy to associate with a particular identifiable community or social movement.

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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.


I find the suggestion that concludes the fifth chapter of your book, in which you discuss apostropheextremely intriguing and fruitful: To take advantage of all LARB has to offer, please create an account or log in before joining 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?

Gordon Fain – – Classical Quarterly 56 1: 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 cukler Study of Lyric, to be held at Boston University on June 7—11, How does the eventness of lyric combine with the long tradition of the lyric as a recollection?

Apostrophes displace this irreversible structure by removing the opposition between presence and absence from empirical time and locating it in discursive time. But certainly for many centuries lyric is a written form that represents itself as an oral form, and it is only in the 20th century that the written character of lyric is explicitly affirmed and its dependence on voicing is frequently denied. Campbell Bonner – – The Classical Review 20 Now, to come to the question about cullr temporality and narrative temporality.

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 – apostdophe A Conversation with Jonathan Culler. Dancing through semiotics, reader-response 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.