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Vortex/t : the poetics of turbulence, Charles D. Minahen

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Vortex/t : the poetics of turbulence
Title
Vortex/t
Title remainder
the poetics of turbulence
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Charles D. Minahen
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  • Vortext
  • Vortex
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Language
eng
Summary
Vortex/t undertakes a hermeneutical exploration of symbolic turbulence in many canonical works of literature and philosophy. Charles Minahen's approach is diachronic to the degree that manifestations of the symbol are addressed chronologically, but his aim is not to establish a historical linking of cause and effect, even if such connections do appear. Rather, a synchrony of the symbol is reconstructed that places each discrete example of it in a vibrant intertext of patent and latent meanings. Symbolic turbulence first emerges in ancient "whirls" that display a spiral, spiro-helical, or vortical configuration and usually have cosmic or religious significance. The first significant textual examples of vortical symbolism occur in the Boulak Papyrus, the Bible, and The Odyssey, where the destructive connotations of the symbol stand out. For the philosophers and poets of the ancient classical period, including certain Pre-Socratics, Plato, Epicurus, and Lucretius, the vortex is a universal structuring principle, although the underlying causes vary. For Dante, the emphasis is no longer on the dynamic cosmogonic role of the whirl, but on the gradations inherent in the vortical structure itself. Descartes and Blake associated the symbol with the transcendence of a mystical vision, which involves, for the latter, an epiphanal breakthrough. In Poe, the maelstrom excites conflicting feelings of horror in the face of death and curiosity about the "novel" beyond. Rimbaud develops Blake's and Poe's fascination with a transcendent vision, but for Mallarme, the vortex-symbol is Poesque in the more negative way. Not only is it a threatening destructive force, it is the specter of death itself, relentlessly drawing the shipwrecked mariner to ultimate extinction and nonentity. By analyzing, comparing, and contrasting these salient examples of vortical symbolism, Vortex/t attempts to uncover and explore the dynamics of emerging and receding meanings that constitute the paradigm. - Publisher
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Minahen, Charles D
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
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illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN56.V57
LC item number
M56 1992
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Vortex-motion in literature
  • Turbulence in literature
  • Symbolism in literature
  • Literature
  • Letterkunde
  • Symbolen
  • Wirbel (Physik)
  • Literatur
  • Symbolik
  • Geschichte
  • Strudel (Motiv)
  • Literature
  • Symbolism in literature
  • Turbulence in literature
  • Vortex-motion in literature
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Vortex/t : the poetics of turbulence, Charles D. Minahen
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 193-198) and indexes
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Contents
Archaeology of symbolic turbulence -- Cosmic vortices of the pre-Socratic philosophers -- Plato's great whorl -- Epicurean whirlings and Lucretius's turbulent flux -- Dante's vortical triptych -- The turbulent dream vision of Descartes's olympian experience -- That every thing has its own vortex : dialectics of vortical symbolism in Blake -- Descents into Poe's maelstrom -- Tourbillons de lumiere : Rimbaud's illuminating vortices -- Whirling toward the void at dead center : symbolic turbulence in Mallarme's Un coup de des -- Conclusion -- Appendix : Vortices, helices, spirals, and gyres
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 205 pages
Isbn
9780271007748
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(acid-free paper)
Lccn
91002243
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations
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  • (OCoLC)23179956
  • (OCoLC)ocm23179956
Label
Vortex/t : the poetics of turbulence, Charles D. Minahen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 193-198) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Archaeology of symbolic turbulence -- Cosmic vortices of the pre-Socratic philosophers -- Plato's great whorl -- Epicurean whirlings and Lucretius's turbulent flux -- Dante's vortical triptych -- The turbulent dream vision of Descartes's olympian experience -- That every thing has its own vortex : dialectics of vortical symbolism in Blake -- Descents into Poe's maelstrom -- Tourbillons de lumiere : Rimbaud's illuminating vortices -- Whirling toward the void at dead center : symbolic turbulence in Mallarme's Un coup de des -- Conclusion -- Appendix : Vortices, helices, spirals, and gyres
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 205 pages
Isbn
9780271007748
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
91002243
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)23179956
  • (OCoLC)ocm23179956

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