By Paul Goodman
Author SPIRIT COME! - The Literary Essays of Paul Goodman
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literary essays." - Leslie Fiedler
"It was once that voice of his that seduced me - that direct, cranky, egotistical, beneficiant American voice . . . . Paul Goodman's voice touched every thing he wrote approximately with depth, interest,
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ABSTRACTION, CUBISM, AND HEROIC PORTRAITS We turn now to the attitude of such an author vis avis what he is sure of, nature and creativity, quite apart from the blight of alienation. ) First let us discuss the attitude of creativity in alienation. By an artist as opposed to a dilettante I mean, with Goethe, one concerned not with his own feelings or the effect on an audience but with the structure of the work; and by an artist as opposed to an amateur I mean one who brings projects to completion.
And in literature itself a similar argument may be raised. There is an important sense in which by analogy a consonance may be called a syllogism of music or a harmonizing ground behind two hues a syllogism in painting; and so with many other abstract elements of literature. " II. METER AND SIGNIFYING On the analogy of music, it has sometimes been thought that abstraction in literature would consist in reducing a passage to its sounds, its rhythm, timbre, tone, and accent. Such a view is unsatisfactory.
A dedalian enterprise but by no means impossible. 19 20 The Meaning of Abstraction in Literature will modify the handling of the parts of opposite type. Thus in a quasi-naturalistic narrative the logical structure of the situation is likely to be introduced piecemeal at plausible occasions of dialogue or interior monologue. ) And so conversely. Of the most important contemporary approaches, socialrealism and surrealism evidently tend away from abstraction. But it is interesting to notice how expressionism and the more and more recurrent symbolism often land in cubism, but for opposite reasons.
Creator Spirit Come!: Literary Essays by Paul Goodman