The following works, although not
contributed to my reflection on matters sensory and
Many yield a bon mot.
Ong, Walter J. Ramus: Method, and the Decay of Dialogue. from the Art of Discourse to the Art of Reason. Cambridge, Mass. & London: Harvard University Press, 1958. rpt. 1983.
McLuhan seems to have missed Ong's distinction between
personalist and corporationalist role of the teacher
Parker, Andrew. "Unthinking Sex: Marx, Engels, and the Scene of Writing" in Fear of a Queer Planet: Queer Politics and Social Theory. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993.
Examines how production is modeled on procreation and the heterosexist consequences of this alignment.
Perron, Paul and Marcel Danesi. A.J. Greimas and Narrative Cognition. Monograph Series of the Toronto Semiotic Circle Number 11. Toronto: Toronto Semiotic Circle, 1993.
Perron, Paul. Jan Gordon and Marcel Danesi. "Commonplaces and Situations: The "Subjective" Nature of Discourse Revisited." The Toronto Semiotic Circle Bulletin 2:1 1994.
"It is our view that commonplaces point to an
feature of cognition that can only be described as an
of visual sensory experience into the domain of
In other words, they appear to reveal a tendency to fix
modes of thinking in a kind of "mind-space"
itself an iconic model of the world of sensation."
Pronger, Brian. The Arena of Masculinity: Sports, Homosexuality, and the Meaning of Sex. 1990; rpt University of Toronto Press, 1992.
"When the physical and mental come together in
activity, they are intensely and pleasurably merged.
This is a
process in which the abstract nature of thinking
incarnate in actual physical experience."
Robinson, Douglas. "Dear Harold." New Literary History 20:1 (Autumn 1988).
"Mere temporal priority does not make writers
we [critics] do. If we want to. If we
ourselves to be victimized by institutionalized culture
if we surrender to the parental images our civilization
of its precursors."
Robinson, Douglas. The Translator's Turn. Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991.
"Ethically conceived," translation as a task
upon discovering the significance, commonality and
of somatic response.
Ronell, Avital. The Telephone Book: Technology, Schizophrenia, Electric Speech. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1989.
"it [telephony] is a place without location from
Rothenberg, Jerome. Shaking the Pumpkin: Traditional Poetry of the Indian North Americas. Revised Edition. New York: Alfred Van der Mark, 1986.
This along with the anthology Technicians of the
Sacred offer examples of Rothenberg's concern
with what he
calls "total translation," a term he uses
Sanderson, George and Frank Macdonald, eds. Marshall McLuhan: The Man and His Message. Golden, Colorado: Fulcrum, Inc., 1989.
In this collection, Walter Ong expresses reservations
McLuhan's use of the term "medium".
Silverman, Kaja. The Acoustic Mirror: The Female Voice in Psychoanalysis and Cinema. Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 1988.
Examines the politics of synchronization of voice and image in classic Hollywood cinema and women's experimental film.
Stein, Gertrude. Narration. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1935.
The third lecture opens
Steiner, Wendy. The Colors of Rhetoric. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1982.
Silko, Leslie Marmon. Storyteller. New York: Arcade, 1981.
"The story ends there./ Some of the stories/ Aunt
told/ have this kind of ending./ There are no
Silko, Leslie Marmon. Almanac of the Dead. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1991.
"Angelita La Escapˇa imagined Marx as a
worked feverishly to gather together a magical assembly
stories to cure the suffering and evils of the world by
retelling of the stories."
Stonum, Gary Lee. "Cybernetic Explanation as a Theory of Reading." New Literary History 20:2 (Winter 1989). 397-410.
"[N]oise and information are both instances of
the signal and hence not phenomenally or logically
Strang, Barbara M. Metaphors and Models, an Inaugural Lecture delivered before the University of Newcastle on Tyne on Monday 12 October, 1964. Newcastle: University of Newcastle on Tyne, 1965.
"[T]he direct connection between theory and
means that we need large numbers of people working in
Quite apart from the fact that languages need to be
because they change so quickly, there will always be a
re-description in terms of different metaphors, models
Sullivan, Michael. The Three Perfections: Chinese Painting, Poetry and Calligraphy. London: Thames and Hadson, 1974; rpt. NY: George Braziller, 1980.
"We can only understand the Chinese attitude if we
the picture as the Chinese do, not as a complete
statement in itself, but as a living body, an accretion
qualities, imaginative, literary, historical, personal,
grows with time, putting on an ever-richer dress of
commentary and association with the years."
Taylor, Charles. Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1989.
"[w]e take as basic that the human agent exists in
Thompson, E.P. The Poverty of Theory and other essays. London: Merlin Press, 1978.
"[I]t is exactly in conditions when a theory (or
theology) is subject to no empirical controls
disputes about the placing of one term lead on to
parturition: the parturition of intellectual
Thompson, Robert Farris. Flash of the Spirit: African and Afro-American Art and Philosophy. New York: Random House, 1983.
Traces the survival of verbal and non-verbal systems of notation.
Trinh, T. Minh-ha. "Grandma's Story" in Woman, Native, Other: Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989.
"The structural activity that does not carry on
between form and content, but emphasizes the
interrelation of the
material and the intelligible, is an activity in which
should remain an unending question [...]"
Vail, Leroy and Landeg White. Power and the Praise Poem: Southern African Voices in History. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia: 1991.
Opening chapter does much to demystify the
Virilio, Paul. L'espace critique. Paris: Christian Bourgois Editeur, 1984.
"Dimensionner c'est en quelque sorte
Weatherford, Jack. Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World. New York: Crown, 1988.
Engels inspired by Iroquois Confederacy and kinship
Wellek, René. "The Concept of Evolution in Literary History" in For Roman Jakobson. Morris Halle et al. compilers. The Hague: Mouton, 1956.
"We are expected to forget that novelty need not
or essential, that there may be, after all, original
Wellek, René. Four Critics: Croce, Valéry, Lukács, and Ingardern. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1981.
Wellek, René. "The Parallelism between Literature and the Arts." English Institute Annual 1941. New York: Columbia University Press, 1942. 29-63.
"The various arts -- the plastic arts, literature,
-- have each their individual evolution, with a
and a different internal structure of elements. No
doubt they are
in constant relationship with each other, but these
are not influences which start from one point and
evolution of the other arts; they have to be conceived
a complex scheme of dialectical relationships which
ways, from one art to another and vice
and may be completely transformed within the art which
Wellbery, David E. Lessing's Laocoon: Semiotics and Aesthetics in the Age of Reason. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984.
"Lessing's most important theoretical writing
Laocoon, the Hamburgische
(1767) describes the locus of this convergence [between
and painting]: "The art of the actor occupies a
position between the plastic arts and
Wilden, Anthony. System and Structure: Essays in Communication and Exchange. Second Edition. London: Tavistock, 1980.
Useful notion: punctuation of social reality.
Willis, Susan. Specifying Black Women Writing the American Experience. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 1987.
"The body provides a medium for the metaphors of
making these metaphors experientially concrete."
Wilson, Alexander. The Culture of Nature: North American Landscape from Disney to the Exxon Valdez. Toronto: Between the Lines, 1991.
"A rhetorical rejection of science, however, with no attention paid to oppositional currents within the discipline, amounts to little more than anti-intellectualism." (69)
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