Lowell Gallagher concludes the introduction to the Medusa’s Gaze thus

The shape of that [casuistry’s] career, I believe, effectively rewrites the premises governing the eventual manifestations of the discourse of conscience in the literary culture of the eighteenth century, at a time when casuistry, if it no longer commanded the kind of prestige (and infamy) it had once known as an independent discourse, nonetheless continued, cannibalized by other discourses, to exert its power — a fate, one might argue particularly fitting to casuistry.

I turn from my reading to recall poet Bronwen Wallace who is the first person I recall using the term cannibalize in relation to the creation of verbal artefacts. It has been a while since I read Signs of the Former Tenant or The Stubborn Particulars of Grace. What would I find there now?

And so for day 1

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One Response to Cannibalize

  1. Looking back at this initial posting, I am struck by the lack of hyperlinks. Let me rectify that here

    Has the question of where and when to insert hyperlinks shifted with the evolution of search engines? Do we need the category of proto-hyperlink to examine the rhetoric of citation e.g. author + title is a little packet of information searchable in a library catalogue.

    In a sense the entries of a commonplace book not only quote they also offer a set of breadcrumbs… each island entry belongs to an archipelago.

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