The essays during this quantity have all been conscientiously selected via Cynthia Chase to exemplify crucial strands in modern serious notion on Romantic literature, specifically the simplest of modern feminist, deconstructive, and new historicist writing. They contain contributions from critics equivalent to Paul de guy, Mary Jacobus, Marjorie Levinson and Jerome Christensen. the gathering, with its monstrous creation and sensible collection of key paintings, explains the importance of contemporary serious debate by means of touching on it to basic serious questions that outline Romanticism. throughout the process their analyses the essays provide solutions to maybe the main crucial query posed through the Romantic interval: what's the position of language in historical past?
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I was just the way I am,” she says afterward (GCH 199). By “moving,” against all odds, “into expression,” as Julie puts it in “Little Expressionless Animals” (GCH 42), the actress makes a commitment to a kind of existential authenticity and refuses, in Cavell’s phrase, to regard herself “as unknowable” (Claim 464). If Wallace’s understanding of language as a “function of relationships between persons” (CW 44) owes a lot to Wittgenstein, his sense of the nature of those relationships draws on an another early twentieth-century figure, the Russian Formalist Mikhail Bakhtin.
Girl with Curious Hair can been seen both as an exemplary product of what Mark McGurl has dubbed “the program era”—Wallace wrote the stories while enrolled in the University of Arizona’s MFA program—and as an interrogation of that era’s modes and mores. In other words, as much as any literary critic, Wallace took his subject to 24 KASIA BODDY be “the increasingly intimate relation between literary production and the practices of higher education” (McGurl ix). He was an avid reader of fiction by his MFA contemporaries, of the literary theory that then flourished in the academic side of the English Department, and of works of literary criticism that sought to ascertain the state, actual and potential, of the American novel.
On one level, this sentence reads like a parody of monosyllabic minimalism; on another, however, it expresses one of Wallace’s most enduring and deeply felt preoccupations. Here the issue of solipsism is resolved when, in the final paragraph, Mitch turns to look not at the pastoral scene but at Mayflower herself, “and there is something in me that can not close up, in that looking. Mayfly has a body. And she is my morning. Say her name” (GCH 230). As Adam Mars-Jones notes, “minimalism in literature always seems to play hide and seek with sentimentality” (15); but that didn’t seem to bother Wallace.