As against common language use, with its wealth of cliches and idioms, and the so-called "literary language" characterized by a heightened figuration
and denser rhetoric, Beckett's texts decreate literary works that redefine the act of reading; they constitute events by virtue of linguistic surfaces that work as blanks, writings without style, (2) forever striving towards pure denotation, the perfected present of writing.
In the first movement of the Janacek Sonata we might, however take issue with what is in places too grand and "romanticising" a use of pedal, which sometimes deprives the conclusions of some melodic-chord figurations
of their typically "Janacekian" terseness and impact.
96 The complete vocabulary of abstraction had always been present in ornament, where love of the wayward figurations
of stone and wood complements exploration of the strict geometries of honeycomb and crystal.
Some Christian feminist theologians, finding orthodox figurations
of Jesus' significance irredeemably harmful to women, determine that Christianity itself is irredeemable for women; others seek to reinterpret this figure in order to uncover his "real message" hidden underneath the accretions of patriarchal misunderstanding and misuse.
Chopin might have had 3 2 1 floating around in his mind (perhaps subconsciously) and then devised melodic figurations
that would express that basic progression in a beautiful and particular way.
In these five songs of ultimate heartbreak, based on poems by Friedrich Ruckert, Mahler traces the feelings of bereaved parents in his characteristic fashion - with lush strings evocatively set against brasses braying folklike figurations
, eerie percussion interludes and haunting woodwind motifs.
The mechanisms that produce these symbolic figurations
are not examined in any detail, so that the highly intricate relationship between Petrarchan discourse and Elizabethan court politics, for instance, is shrunk to a bald statement: the "Petrarchist" model was the "predominant structure" in which "courtly self-fashioning" could take place (39-40).
It doesn't take more than passing familiarity with Russian music to realize that the piece - full of high-pitched, playful woodwind figurations
and fleet string ostinatos - sounds like the work of Sergei Prokofiev, the composer's great rival.
By contrast, "Dreaming," from her Opus 15 Sketches, is a work reminiscent of Liszt's "Liebestraume" with its lush harmonies and murmuring accompanimental figurations
Summarizing well-known texts thoroughly analyzed by previous scholars, Sperling argues that two figurations
of Venice were in vigorous competition during the sixteenth century: an intact female body recalling the Virgin Mary versus "the sensual, inviting body of Venus" (83).
In the two Adagios, he etched Shostakovich's neat figurations
of sodomitical royal patronage -- in literary fictions and libels -- reflect this concern.
The symphony's nickname comes from tick-tock figurations
in the second movement, which Kahane made obvious but not overbearing.
Yet the fabric of Donne's sermons is certainly woven from the very tropes and figurations
which he uses; their import and effect in offering redemption to the two women who are being churched (as well as to the congregation at large) cannot be obviated or ignored, even in -- perhaps most necessarily in -- a discussion of the historical and cultural interplay between text and context.
Readers will recognize part two of the study as a recasting of Montrose's 1983 article, "Shaping Fantasies: Figurations
of Gender and Power in Elizabethan Culture.