The following works, although not
contributed to my reflection on matters sensory and
Many yield a bon mot.
Abercrombie, Nicholas, Stephen Hill and Bryan S. Turner. The Dominant Ideology Thesis. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1980.
Abrams, M.H. The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition. New York: Oxford University Press, 1953.
"The endemic disease of analogical thinking,
hardening of the categories."
Ackerman, Diane. A Natural History of the Senses. New York, Random House, 1990; Vintage, 1991.
"Our senses, which feel so personal and impromptu,
at times to divorce us from other people, reach far
They're an extension of the genetic chain that connects
everyone who has ever lived; they bind us to other
people and to
animals, across time and country and
Colie, Rosalie L. Paradoxica Epidemica: The Renaissance Tradition of Paradox. Princeton, NJ.: Princeton University Press, 1966.
"In most situations of ordinary life, words are by
convention regarded as adequate, are taken as
"matching" reality, and verbal language is
regarded as the proper medium into which experience is
translated or transliterated. Love questions all these
assumptions: love forces us back upon the fundamental
experience, subject to its own rules and inexpressible
Colilli, Paul. Signs of the Hermetic Imagination. Monograph Series of the Toronto Semiotic Circle Number 12. Toronto: Toronto Semiotic Circle, 1993.
Chatwin, Bruce. The Songlines. London: Penguin, 1987.
Chaytor, Henry John. From Script to Print: An Introduction to Medieval Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1945. Reprinted in 1950 under the title From Script to Print: An Introduction to Medieval Vernacular Literature.
"[T]he sirventes was a poetical
constructed as the love song, and concerned with social
political satire; these songs broadcasted by jongleurs
passed from mouth to mouth, and, as what we call
was scarce and slow in transit, exercised a
influence upon general opinion. The political sirventes
Bertran de Born are well known; the personal sirventes
de Berguedan rival the best efforts of Dr.
Coste, Didier. Narrative as Communication. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1989.
Introducing his section on "Narrative through
Media" he writes
Davidson, Mark. Uncommon Sense: The Life and Thought of Ludgwig von Bertalanffy Father of General Systems Theory. Los Angeles: J.P. Tarcher, 1983.
"A system is a manifestation of something
quite real, called organization. A system, like a work
of art, is
a pattern rather than a pile. Like a piece of music,
arrangement rather than an aggregate. Like a marriage,
relationship rather than an encounter."
Delany, Samuel R. The Mad Man. New York: Richard Kasak, 1994.
"Thoughts are never not clothed
--- or, rather, that's not the relation between thought
words: the relation between a body and a suit of
is part of language. But everything we perceive, either
our senses, or through our bodily feelings, or through
the dark with our eyes closed, remembering or thinking
figuring, is the "meaning"
language. So a thought doesn't come "without
comes first as simple language --- simple meanings, if
Then, what we call "thinking about it" is
arrival of more complex language that
on it --- that's all. Once the elaborated language has
remember the simpler language as somehow
Delany, Samuel R. Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand. New York, Bantam Books, 1984.
For a peculiar problematization of the couple and perception, see especially the chapter entitled "A Dragon Hunt" where two characters, Rat Korga and Mark Dyeth, project themselves into the phenomenological space of an other species and the whole interaction is witnessed by a third.
Dissanayake, Ellen. Homo Aestheticus. Where Art Comes From and Why. New York: The Free Press, 1992.
Driven by a narrative of evolution as a story of
control over uncertainty, she neglects the aspects of
related to the generation of problems or the making of
Eagleton, Terry. Walter Benjamin or Towards a Revolutionary Criticism. London: NLB, 1981.
He notes that Eliot and Leavis cast a contrast between
Milton in terms of an auditory and visual dichotomy.
Eco, Umberto. The Limits of Interpretation. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1990.
"[t]he double metaphor of the world as a text and
a text as
a world has a venerable history. To interpret means to
the text of the world or to the world of a text by
Erasmus, Desiderius. Patristic Scholarship: The Edition of St. Jerome. Collected Works of Erasmus V. 61. Edited and translated by James F. Brady and John C. Olin Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1992.
From the preface to Volume II of Erasmus's edition of
Frankel, Hans F. "Poetry and Painting: Chinese and Western Views of their Convertability." Comparative Literature 9:4 (Fall 1957). 289-307.
"Naturally, the arduous technical training
calligraphy, with its disciplined control of brush
lines, was also an excellent preparation for
Freud, Sigmund. Civilization and its discontents. Trans. J. Strachey. New York: Norton, 1961.
"With every tool man is perfecting his own organs,
removing the limits to their functioning ... Man has,
as it were,
become a kind of prosthetic God."
Gifford, Don. The Farther Shore. A Natural History of Perception, 1798-1984. New York, Vintage, 1991.
Full of wonderful anecdotes. Of which,
Gonsalez-Crussi, F. The Five Senses. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1989; rpt. New York: Vintage, 1991.
"I believe that the autonomy of the senses would
not be so
dear a concept to us if our scheme of perception had
from Huichole sources. But Huicholes are not
Peyote to them is a sacrament, not a botanical specimen
to a system thick with species, classes, and genera.
Consequently, our theoretical scheme of sense
entirely built by somewhat jejune whites, skeptical in
rational, distrustful of the senses, and systematically
suspicious of any experience that could not be reduced
and abstractions. Which is why we have been living by a
down idea of the life of the senses: a
formula that cannot recognize the intercommunicating
Grimsted, D. "The Purple Rose of Popular Culture Theory: An Exploration of Intellectual Kitsch" American Quarterly 43(4) 541-578.
Sharp aphorisms such as
Halverson, John. "Goody and the implosion of the literacy thesis." Man 27 (June 1992) 301-317.
"Only if a conversational model is presupposed for
medium is immediacy distinctive, but such a model is
justified since a great deal of important oral
discourse (such as
story, myth and ritual) is not in that mode."
Haraway, Donna. "A Manifesto for Cyborgs" in Coming to Terms: Feminism, Theory, Politics. ed. by Elizabeth Weed (London, New York: Routledge, 1989).
"Cyborg imagery can suggest a way out of the maze
dualisms in which we have explained our bodies and our
ourselves. This is a dream not of a common language,
but of a
powerful infidel heteroglossia."
Hewitt, Marsha. "Is Sexism Genetic?" Our Generation 16:2 (Spring 1984), 7-14.
A critique of Mary O'Brien.
Hiss, Tony. The Experience of Place. New York: Knopf, 1990.
"While normal waking consciousness works to
perception, allowing us to act quickly and flexibly by
remain seemingly oblivious to almost everything except
in front of us; simultaneous perception is more like an
a sixth, sense: It broadens and diffuses the beam of
evenhandedly across all the senses so we can take in
around us -- which means sensations of touch and
instance, in addition to all sights, sounds, and
Holub, Robert C. Crossing Borders: Reception Theory, Poststructuralism, Deconstruction. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 1992.
For a succinct statement of the stakes in policing the
of which objects are to be perceived by whom.
Huxley, Aldous. The Doors of Perception. London: Chatto and Windus, 1954; London: Grafton Books, 1977.
"We live together, we act on, and react to, one
always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves.
go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified
Embraced, the lovers desperately try to fuse their
ecstasies into a single self-transcending; in