Thus, even as her poetry inscribes itself within the literary and broadly cultural tradition shared by Portuguese middle-class women, a tradition that encompasses high poetic discourse along with chit-chat over afternoon tea and Comtesse de Segur's tales of moral exemplariness
for girls, Adilia engages simultaneously in a critical dialogue with certain premises and consequences of twentieth-century feminist revolution, a dialogue that her parodic revisitation of Florbela incorporates in its generous scope:
In "My Father's Heroes," Joseph recasts a childhood lesson in exemplariness
into a mature recollection of her father:
The book's argument focusses repeatedly on the quotidian exemplariness
of Rinaldo, as contrasted with, say, Orlando's outlandish exploits, leading Sherberg to argue that Rinaldo is a more credible hero: "Throughout the tradition poets showed him struggling with the same conflicts that readers may note in their own experience: problems of authority and self-affirmation, of rivalry and betrayal, of eros and economics, of the challenges of a dangerous world" (195).
The centrality of human writing makes it possible for Liu Xie to launch out a detailed discussion of the various literary genres, and the exemplariness
of Confucian classics provides the basis for him to conceive of writing not primarily in terms of literature or poetry, but as a means to the illumination of tao.
Derrida remarks generally on Celan's poetry that the very dates attached to it or cited in it are both exact and suspended into a virtual exemplariness
For Derrida, as for Deleuze and Guattari, European unity and the symbolic association of the fall of the Berlin Wall with the victory of liberal parliamentary democracies and capitalism (6) are not an occasion to celebrate the culmination of Europe's historical destiny and the exemplariness
of its universal values.