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Editors: Sam Slote and Wim van Mierlo
Joyce's methods of composition have only recently begun to be examined in a rigorous fashion. Already the work done on the genesis of Joyce's texts has fostered both new insights and new questions regarding the overall status of his oeuvre. The conference Genitricksling Joyce, held at Antwerp in 1997, testified to the variety and vitality of genetic investigations into Joyce's work. We have tried to recreate this vitality in the present volume with a double purpose, or double trick. First, the essays collected in Genitricksling Joyce are not only indicative of the growing body of genetic scholarship, they also signify methodological and theoretical changes among its practitioners towards a more open form of discussion and understanding. Second, we hope that these essays will clearly demonstrate the relevance of genetic criticism to current critical and cultural concerns in Joyce studies.
The Dynamics of Interaction in William Blake’s Myth and Poetry
William Blake's literary works are characterized by a ceaseless dynamics constituted in the fierce interactions of the language, thought, and narrative of his myth. Highlighting the critical problems facing the linear approach that the study of Blake has adopted from the traditional methodology of Newtonian science, Jules van Lieshout argues that nonlinearity is the key to understanding Blake's prophecies.
Throughout his discussions, Van Lieshout focuses on the relation of Blake's Generation and Eternity, which he identifies as Bakhtinian 'world views'. In Generation, existence is finalized as a hierarchy of geometric 'dark globes', each assuming the character of universal whole to the exclusion of all others. Eternity, on the other hand, is Blake's fractal 'human form' of existence that is continuously organized and reorganized in the dynamic interaction of whole and parts.
Blake represents these world views as interinvolved. Their dynamic interaction reflects and refracts his conceptual thought, mythological narrative, and poetic language. Hence, his visionary epic self-organizes into a self-similar complex system whose patterns of behaviour are not merely remarkably like those that modern applications of nonlinear dynamics are revealing in the physical world, but are indeed inherent in the processes of writing and reading his individual works.
Just as J. M. Coetzee’s post-2003 books present essays and narrative alongside one another, this book engages with its ideas through both critical and creative writing. Reading Coetzee interleaves critical essays on Coetzee’s works with an autobiographical narrative detailing MacFarlane’s more personal response to her reading and writing. The presentation of elements of the creative with the critical, and the critical within the creative, aims to challenge the traditional boundary between the two. This kind of methodology derives from the idea (and practice) of embodiment: that an idea or philosophy does not ‘float free’, but is tied to the idiosyncrasies, divergences, and subjective ‘travel’ of its speaker or writer.
Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello, Slow Man and Diary of a Bad Year explicitly address themes which abide more surreptitiously throughout his oeuvre: the divisions and paradoxes which occur the moment pen gains page, the value of literature, and the ethics of embodiment. In revealing the dialogue between writer-self and reader-self, and between author and character, these recent novels invite a rereading of Coetzee’s previous literature. Reading Coetzee explores Coetzee’s preoccupation with the act of writing using his recent books as a lens through which to view his eight previous novels as well as his memoirs and essays.
Author: Michael Dopffel

empiricist enterprise of 17th century English natural philosophy was from its conception concerned with the establishment of a factual basis of the natural world which accounted for the deficiencies of mankind’s cognitive and sensory capabilities as related in biblical history. The developed methodologies of

In: Empirical Form and Religious Function
Author: Michael Dopffel

empiricist enterprise of 17th century English natural philosophy was from its conception concerned with the establishment of a factual basis of the natural world which accounted for the deficiencies of mankind’s cognitive and sensory capabilities as related in biblical history. The developed methodologies of

In: Empirical Form and Religious Function
Is Graham Greene really the great novelist we think he is? ... In what way did he succeed in keeping his readership spellbound? ... What was the driving force behind his so-called 'Catholicism'?... Was there a special reason for him to call The Honorary Consul his favourite book?... Why is 'clock time' such a matter of great concern to those who otherwise believe the book to be his greatest?... And is there any reason for calling his characters 'empty' or 'full' - and anything in between - instead of just defining them flat or round?... The answers to these and many other intriguing questions are to be found in this captivating analysis of The Honorary Consul by Rudolf E. van Dalm. Instead of being only a study on Graham Greene, it has turned out to be a fascinating report on what makes Greene such an absorbing writer. One of the most gripping publications on the famous British author on the eve of the millennium, the book is both entertaining and instructive.
Author: Michael Dopffel

Improving Natural Knowledge and one of the foremost propagators and defenders of natural philosophy. The Saducismus Triumphatus consequently brought the full apparatus of empirical methodology to bear on the subject of apparitions and witchcraft, and found at least some reports thereof credible. Primarily

In: Empirical Form and Religious Function
Author: Michael Dopffel

Knowledge and one of the foremost propagators and defenders of natural philosophy. The Saducismus Triumphatus consequently brought the full apparatus of empirical methodology to bear on the subject of apparitions and witchcraft, and found at least some reports thereof credible. Primarily intended to

In: Empirical Form and Religious Function
Author: Michael Dopffel

adopting a rigorous standard of methodology and clear language, which would thereby also reestablish the dominion of mankind over nature. Bacon thus proposed a system of correspondence and communication between empiricists to confirm or disclaim their observations and theories of nature. The development of

In: Empirical Form and Religious Function
Author: Michael Dopffel

Adam’s. This entailed adopting a rigorous standard of methodology and clear language, which would thereby also reestablish the dominion of mankind over nature. Bacon thus proposed a system of correspondence and communication between empiricists to confirm or disclaim their observations and theories of

In: Empirical Form and Religious Function