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Why Is Death in Arcadia?

Allen Grossman

in True-Love

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780226309736
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226309750 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226309750.003.0003
Why Is Death in Arcadia?

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This chapter considers a branch of poetics—poetics regarded not as a guide for the making of texts (or the sorting of them), but as a part of the hermeneutic issue: the hermeneutics not of textual reference but of text itself as it attests reflexively to its own constructive processes, and its economic relationships to other forces operating in the world. This is of course to repeat a suspicion as ancient as the honor of poetry—that the medium of representation, which depends for its validation on the appearance of transparency, is at best highly colored, indeed tendentiously self-insistent and ideological, in unsuspected ways.

Keywords: poetics; texts; hermeneutics; poetry; representation; transparency

Chapter.  13456 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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