By Christopher D. Morris

The determine of the line examines the metaphor of the line, manner, or course in works of consultant humanities disciplines (literature, faith, philosophy, visible paintings, pop culture) to teach how writers and artists expected the challenge recognized to modern deconstruction because the «aporia» or «pathless place.» this practice exposes the answer endorsed in Derrida’s overdue suggestion - the quest for the «tout autre» - as a unfavourable theology and suppression of writing’s freedom to allegorize those insoluble difficulties. The determine of the line concludes via tracing the grim, Beckett-like implications of this freedom for curriculum and ethics in a global understood as entirely figural.

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In the examples that follow, the figure of the road in centuries of American literature is rewritten in relentlessly threatening ways. 15 “Contemplations” is a series of thirty-three stanzas inspired during the speaker’s walk near a forest, which occasions observations on trees, sun, fish, and birds. The eighth stanza connects her path with writing and does so with a complexity and sophistication more often associated with the English metaphysical poets: American Literature 23 Silent alone, where none or saw, or heard, In pathless paths I lead my wandring feet, My humble Eyes to lofty Skyes I rear’d To sing some Song, my mazed Muse thought meet.

Wordsworth’s paradox gets at the heart of the kind of problem that Heidegger called the Vorlage that Heisenberg warned about in measurement, and that philosophers sometimes call the hermeneutic circle: is it possible to understand reality “objectively,” without having first participated in it? In science and epistemology this problem is understood in terms of physical objects, whereas in literature it is understood at the prior, even more fundamental level of signs. Is it possible to say any truth, when the means of doing so are arbitrary?

One symptom of being at sea is the suspicion that ethical behavior cannot be legitimized. The English defense of their colonies is exemplified when Jasper, Pathfinder, and Cap save the blockhouse from an ambush incited by the double agents, Arrowhead and Muir; however, their successful defense is made possible by another turncoat, June, who alerts Mabel to the impending attack. As a parable of righteousness “based on” misrepresentation, the war plot only further manifests the ethical inconsistencies of all sides to the fight.

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