In one of the dramatic sequences in "Archille in Africa," Archille is queried about his name, or namelessness
, and is lectured on the significance of naming in African cultures.
Theme Description ALONENESS physical aloneness; uncertainty of independent learning; power with independent learning; lack of connection to others online; hanging in the air; geographic isolation ANONYMITY degree of sharing identity or personal factors; namelessness
, invisibility, unidentifiable or unrecognizable online NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION absence of face-to-face communication cues; no visible body language in communication online; inability to express or react to nonverbal communication TREPIDATIONS timidity; fear of making mistakes; fear due to lack of experiences; apprehension due to inexperience in online learning; invasion of privacy concerns UNKNOWNS ambiguity in course objectives or assignments; syllabi inconsistencies; absent instructor; unclear or unknown course expectations
Although he shares the namelessness
and status of "astonishing parade of nullity" of Beckett's characters, Noman still seems to be the subject of the same individualized punishing justice as the damned of Dante's epic poem.
In the midst of this dilemma, we receive an invitation framed in the words of Thomas Merton: "There is in all visible things an invisible fecundity, a dimmed light, a meek namelessness
, a hidden wholeness" (1974/1989, p.
of the protagonist serves to intensify his aloneness, alienation from society, and his absolute vulnerability and pain.
In certain ways, these are the book's most instructive moments, for we see in them Volkman's own commentary on the project of naming and unnaming in poems: "How does a namelessness
There's very little plot structure here to latch onto, and the namelessness
of the narrator makes the novel even slipperier to pin down.
The effect of the namelessness
, however, is to enlarge the specific history into a kind of parable, a parable of youth and of the acquisition of authority, which the narrator possesses in its preliminary manifestations as the story opens.
into the absolute namelessness
(Carabine 1995:161, Hadot 1972:365, Brehier 1955:269-283).
The element of arousing readers' and/or listeners' curiosity comes out very strongly when the technique of namelessness
The vulnerability of namelessness
, which has no self-image to maintain and defend, provides the only reliable protection against both interior and exterior pressures to conform to distorted and malignant definitions of person and society.
in Clements's narrative is not coincidental: in this story it signals his abject isolation from either frame shared by the other two.
The lack of particularity implied by the namelessness
of the spirit also suggests an amnesia brought about by an erosion of culture and the impact of modernity.
Further, the feverish activity of the middle class "holds at bay the most fearful of all threats to the bourgeois self, that of falling into the more shameful namelessness
of those who do menial work.
But as Ponet points out, Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to Holocaust victims in Jerusalem, "is the place where the namelessness
of the Holocaust is undone.