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By Garrett Stewart

ISBN-10: 0520068777

ISBN-13: 9780520068773

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"At final, a scrupulous and sustained--'earsighted'--study of that shadowy but very important intersection of sound and feel with no which literary analyzing continues to be a disembodied workout. . . . Stewart immerses us brilliantly within the poststructural approach to a 'phonemic' analysis."
--Geoffrey H. Hartman, writer of Saving the Text
"Stunningly articulate. . . . along remarkable exegeses of passsages from the main English poets, Stewart bargains new and mind-blowing interpretations of the 'poetics of prose' in such novelists as Dickens, Lawrence, Joyce, and Woolf. The ebook is a journey de strength, doubtless approximately it. in my view, analyzing Voices could have not just a large yet a long-lasting reception."
--Hayden White, writer of Metahistory
"This is fascinating, virtuoso paintings in a playfully innovative hermeneutic mode. Stewart's ear hears interesting and compelling issues, issues that have a delightfully wealthy and thematically advanced relating a lot higher textual issues."
--Paul Fry, writer of The achieve of Criticism
"A actually unique booklet. . . . the 1st paintings in years to compile linguistically educated feedback with extra philosophically orientated literary idea. The ensuing imaginative and prescient of literature is atypical, own, passionate, even outlandish. not just is Stewart himself and impressive stylist, yet his paintings indicates a step forward in stylistic feedback so radical as to revitalize the complete field."
--Jay Clayton, writer of Romantic imaginative and prescient and the Novel

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The most obvious identity crisis figured forth by writing is in this sense the lack of identity between its own material co-presences, the friction of phonemic against letteral articulation. In this sense to read (lire) could well appear to rescind the presumption of a coherent signifying subject (abolir) by abrogating the very rule of diction. Reading along a written sequence could thus sweep away the bracketing gaps that hold the lexeme in place, abolishing the tyranny of the blank by emancipating the stream of phonic continuity that is ordinarily regimented by the halting system of script: in a word, inter-dicting the law of the letter.

True to semiotics, too, literary textuality is constituted by an array of associations that can be traced only through "signs" of meaning, clues, gestures, vestiges. Rather than searching out, as Saussure did,8 the anagrammatical displacements of a Latin verse linedismemberments of sacred or heroic names to be reassembled in the readingRiffaterre < previous page page_40 next page > < previous page page_41 next page > Page 41 instead looks for more obvious systemic disturbances that foreground the unsaid as unsaid, avoided, suppressed.

The model I propose for the lexical paragram is thus the expansion of a matrix.

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