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Self-reflective opacity

March 28th, 2011 · No Comments

“Insofar as we can treat a text as not referring to what is outside or beyond it, we more easily understand that it has internal relationships independent of the coding procedures by which we may find it transparent upon a known world.” — Kermode, “What Precisely Are the Facts?”, The Genesis of Secrecy Share this… […]

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Regarding Words of Manipulative Dissimulation

March 28th, 2011 · No Comments

“We should never underestimate our predisposition to believe whatever is presented under the guise of an authoritative report and is also consistent with the mythological structure of a society from which we derive comfort, and which it may be uncomfortable to dispute.” — Kermode, “What Precisely Are the Facts?”, The Genesis of Secrecy Share this… […]

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Just the facts, ma’am

March 28th, 2011 · No Comments

“If so many causes act in concert to ensure that texts are from the beginning and sometimes indeterminately studded with interpretations; and if these texts in their very nature demand further interpretation and yet resist it, what should we expect when the document in question denies its own opacity by claiming to be a transparent […]

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What it takes

March 25th, 2011 · No Comments

“It takes very little to make a character: a few indications of idiosyncracy, of deviation from type, are enough, for our practiced eyes will make up the larger patterns of which such indications can be read as parts.” — Kermode, “Necessities of Upspringing”, The Genesis of Secrecy Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Historical appearances

March 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

“Sometimes it appears that the history of interpretation may be thought of as a history of exclusions, which enable us to seize upon [one] issue rather than on some other as central, and choose from the remaining mass only what seems most compliant.” — Kermode, “Carnal and Spiritual Senses”, The Genesis of Secrecy Share this… […]

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Removing the solids

March 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

“We are always having to explain not the story, but why it counts.” — Kermode, “Instances of Interpretation”, The Art of Telling Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Cocooning

March 16th, 2011 · No Comments

“We do well to be thickly wadded with stupidity against an intolerable chaos.” — Frank Kermode, “Recognition and Deception”, The Art of Telling Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Our work is cut out for us

March 15th, 2011 · No Comments

“We must not seek to discover structures but to produce structurations.” — Kermode, “The Use of the Codes”, The Art of Telling Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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We pronounced it differently in grad school

March 14th, 2011 · No Comments

“Since men cannot be aware of everything, their words, speech and writing can mean something that they themselves did not intend to say or write….  Not occasionally only, but always, the meaning of a text goes beyond its author.” — Kermode in The Art of Telling, quoting Gadamer in Truth and Method (trans. from Wahrheit […]

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