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By Professor Hayden White

In Figural Realism, White collects 8 interrelated essays basically curious about the therapy of historical past in contemporary literary serious discourse. "'History' isn't just an item we will study," writes White, "it is additionally or even basically a definite type of courting to 'the previous' mediated by way of a particular form of written discourse.

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It can be equally difficult, in other ways, to see the literature of one's own period in the right perspective. "36 He made no attempt to identify this revolution more precisely; it serves as an illustration of our ignorance of the pattern of history. Lewis believed that there is a pattern, which can be apprehended imaginatively through mythArthurian, Malacandrian, Narnian, or some other. Art 45 THE POWER OF LANGUAGE can imply but logic cannot prove what stage of the pattern has been reached in actual history.

18 The right words, according to Lewis, are more likely to be those of the poet than those of the philosopher, because poetic language is closest to original meaning. Lewis demonstrated "the art and joy of words" throughout his children's series. On the most obvious level, although English children can understand and speak the language of N arnia, it is not taken for granted that Narnian animals can do so. They receive this power at the creation, lose it when enchanted by the White Witch, and regain it after the sacrifice of AsIan.

On the most obvious level, although English children can understand and speak the language of N arnia, it is not taken for granted that Narnian animals can do so. They receive this power at the creation, lose it when enchanted by the White Witch, and regain it after the sacrifice of AsIan. E. Another example of the negation of language's purpose and power is the speech of the Duffers, whose trite and meaningless catchwords and phrases parody the jargon of mass communication: "That's right, that's right," said the Chief Voice.

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