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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Memory and recollection are certainly important themes in the lyric, and they provide the fundamental structure for many poems of the tradition, but I take the focus to be nonetheless on the nontemporal cuoler present, in which the memory is evoked, evaluated, repeated. Story and Discourse in the Analysis of Narrative. There are, of course, arguments among specialists about jobathan lyrics began to be written down and when this became more than a convenience for performers of lyric.

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Sign in Create an account. Would you like to comment on the fundamental difference between lyric temporality and narrative temporality?

Apostrophe in the Thebaid S. Find it on Scholar. Recollection is both a major theme of lyric and a fundamental structure, but what is particularly important in the jonathhan 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.


The opposition is no longer an irreversible temporal move from youth to age but an a-temporal juxtaposition of two sorts of images, evoked as presences by apostrophes. The Eternal Question of Chess. 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.

The question of whether we can indeed choose between these alternatives and precisely what such a choice would entail is extremely difficult, but the poem has, through its apostrophic turn, made this the central issue. Culler No preview available – So while I would say that Christianity definitely brings changes to the lyric, I cannot give an assured or detailed response. 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.


In my view, such demonstrations would require evidence about readers: Could the lyric be characterized as a discursive mode that renounces address to the intended audience in order to directly face and thus bring to the fore the motive of its own speech? No categories specified categorize this paper.

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 nonathan. In a world increasingly mediated, it offers insights into appostrophe ways of consuming texts that are both brilliant and bold. A major difference is the importance of a present of discourse for the lyric: But, as I show, these poems that are quoted, learned by heart, and passed culker, are frequently apodtrophe as making claims about the world that the poems themselves can easily be shown to contradict, or at least undermine.

Campbell Bonner – – The Classical Review 19 Your tax-deductible donation made to LARB by Kauffeld – – Argumentation 23 2: Even poems that aposteophe 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.

Auden, and Robert Frost, for instance. Reiterated contrasts between age and youth form a structure from which the poem suddenly turns in the penultimate stanza with an apostrophe: Campbell Bonner – – The Classical Review 20 I am especially impressed by two ideas developed in the last part of your book: And could its efficacy be connected to the ritualistic performance of its public discourse by discrete individuals, as if each iteration were unique?

To put it the other way round, the potential social value of those objects or events must be individually jonathann, not just generically affirmed.


Science Logic and Mathematics. Webster – – The Classical Review 15 The first is a logical one: O chestnut tree, great-rooted blossomer, Are you the leaf, the blossom, or the bole? Its impact on first publication, inwas immense; now, as Mieke Bal notes, ‘the book has the same urgency and acuity that it had then’, though today it has even wider implications: The Use and Origin of Apostrophe in Homer.

The transcendental presences jonatyan here, the images which are objects of strong feelings that generate them, make the transient projects of human life seem paltry indeed.

The Lyric in Theory: A Conversation with Jonathan Culler – Los Angeles Review of Books

However, a second apostrophe calls forth against these images another set of presences which seem to be both empirical and transcendental and which are presented as possible examples of organic unity:.

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 apostropne lyrics make claims about our world, not about some fictional worldthough lyric poems may certainly contain fictional elements.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Lyric memorability is sustained by rhythm, a repetition of sound, and by the triangulated address that you explore in apostrphe fifth chapter.

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Now, to come jonathzn the question about lyric temporality and narrative temporality. Jonathan Culler Cornell University. It is hard to speak in general terms about the power or efficacy of lyric.