In other words, I can use the phrase "the birth of Narrative" and feel that I'm employing a serviceable, if unimaginative, metaphor rather than a catachresis
Now if the proper name is conscious, what of the irrecoverable fantasy, the "improper" name, the catachresis
it induces in the unconscious?
The narrator's relation to Maisie is one of catachresis
in the sense of figure without the ground of a literal term.
It turns 'Pax Britannica' into a catachresis
in passages that reflect on the relations between art, or literature, and history.
I think you have some times called it the catachresis
of the indigenous humanities.
Butler names this action whereby the Symbolic is challenged and potentially transformed 'political catachresis
Denis Donoghue, as Colm Toibin observed in a remarkably eloquent lecture about his early mentor, which I was fortunate enough to hear at a Belfast symposium (June 2003) held in Donoghue's honor, has the uncanny ability to convey to his reader his delight in particular literary passages and stylistic habits; again and again, he demonstrates what makes a given passage, whether the "Blind mouths" catachresis
in Lycidas or the Lil sequence in Eliot's "Game of Chess," special.
For a discussion of the recent institutional history of deconstruction and ideological demystification in romantic studies, see also my essay, "Kant's Strange Light: Romanticism, Periodicity, and the Catachresis
of Genius," diacritics 30.
Two connected chapters study the relation between metaphor and catachresis
(extreme or wrenched metaphor).
Each encounter with a major James novel or novella somehow manages to choreograph patient elucidation of related theoretical inquiries by the likes of John Austin, John Searle, Martin Heidegger, Paul de Man, and Jacques Derrida; precise definitions and examples, in and outside of James's writing, of specific speech acts such as lies, paths, promises, and the rhetorical tropes (for instance, catachresis
, diegesis, prosopopoeia) that they mobilize; and, a remarkably germane and coherent elucidation of a James work certain to have aroused more than its share of 'the commentator's despair'.
On the other hand, the status of this trope is sui generis, since it is not a part of the ornatus: a convincing fact under this aspect is the catachresis
of the examples which we have mentioned.
If neologisms upset the equilibrium of words and things, and the hapaxlegomenon is a word without a thing, then catachresis
is a thing without a word.
The far-fetched metaphor at the beginning, "our Columbus of the South," verges on a catachresis
that is intensifi ed by the inappropriate use of the term "Indian" and rendered ironic by a modern reader's awareness that Cook was by no means the first European voyager to arrive in Australia, having been anticipated by early seventeenth-century Dutch sailors.
Baudelaire, in other words (one thinks again of the long lists of contradictory polarities we have been considering), forces the same conceptual catachresis
upon his reader: he puts together divergent, opposing notions, and the reader is left to his or her vertigo.
Erec Koch's learned book takes demolition of Pascal's meaning beyond Derrida, de Man, Marin, and Melzer in order to posit catachresis
as the ultimate master-strope designating a blank at the heart of Pascal's linguistic predicament.