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English (Arts)
ENGL 226
Kait Pinder

Lecture 17 Postmodernism and ReviewThe Crying of Lot 49 paranoia and sainthoodBehind the initials was a metaphor a delirium tremens a trembling unfurrowing of the minds plowshare The saint whose water can light lamps the clairvoyant whose lapse in recall is the breath of God the true paranoid for whom all is organized in spheres joyful or threatening about the central pulse of himself the dreamer whose puns probe ancient fetid shafts and tunnels of truth all act in the same special relevance to the word or whatever it is the word is there buffering to protect us from The act of metaphor then was a thrust at truth and a lie depending where you were inside safe or outside lost p104105Belief and metaphor p85everything is at stake in a metaphor turning one thing into anotherdifferent from similes which compare with like and asecstasy p150a standing outside of oneselfcomes from ahistory of language that means union with GodAuctioneerpriestangel p152 Passerine spread his arms in a gesture that seemed to belong to the priesthood of some remote culture perhaps to a descending angelinviting us to make links between Oedipas quest and traditionalspiritualbiblical mysticism questsa novel of the Cold Warset in California where the war industry was booming at the timeproblematizes the future and our ability to understand itcharacters struggle to understand the worldher quest for meaning and desire to figure out the significance of the signs she encounters is made impossible by the future that might clarify them will never come in a world where total nuclear destruction is possiblethe problem of significance tied to the possibility of a final revelation in a total war world each clue that comes is supposed to have its own clarity its fine chances for permanence But then she wondered if the gemlike clues were only some kind of compensation To make up for her having lost the direct epileptic Word the cry that might abolish the night p95epileptic insane etymologically seized uponpotential for annihilationCuban Missile Crisis 1962threat of apocalypseapocalysoseGreek uncover disclose revealapo fromkalypstein to cover concealBUT this apocalypse would not lead to revelation
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