• Henna wrote a new post, Revising My Site, on the site h. 9 years, 4 months ago

  • . . . you might call Mr. Sherlock Holmes a raging Semiotician!



  • Henna wrote a new post, Moth-eaten Mania, on the site h. 9 years, 4 months ago

    Though Thesaurus.com lists “mania” as a synonym for “obsession,” “obsession” doesn’t appear as a synonym for “mania.”  I wonder what the New Critic would say about that.  A denotation-connotation complex of sorts? One of themes apparent in Jeffery Eugenides novel The Marriage Plot is that of a mania.   Each of the main characters manifests this obsessiveness differently.  Leonard literally […]

  • Dr. Roylott succeeds at deceitfully killing one of his two step-daughters by the bite of India’s deadliest snake, the swamp adder, and ironically accounts for his own demise at the same source while attempting to bring death upon his second step-daughter some time later.  The Doctor devises an elaborate, complex scheme involving a faux pulley, […]

  • So, you’re suggesting a rearrangement of couples? I’ll see what I can do.

  • It’s like doubling a yield-four recipe for a party of eight: more eggs, more omelettes.  Too, more “same sequence” yields a more structurally- apparent myth.   “Duplication, triplication, and quadruplication of the same sequence” within oral literature is essential to the myth’s structure.  The two work hand in hand and, Levi-Strauss asserted, should be read […]

  • Henna wrote a new post, L-S Reads R, on the site h. 9 years, 5 months ago


  • True, true…if the part that represents the whole does in fact omit the remainder. Though, I wonder if it HAS to be that way. Could a synecdoche be a part, but a part that’s a condensation of the whole, as opposed to a fraction of it? Because that’s the version that I’m getting at.

  • “A dream-thought is unusable so long as it is expressed in an abstract form; but when once it has been transformed into pictorial language, contrasts and identifications of the kind which the dream-work requires…can be established more easily than before between the new form of expression and the remainder of the material underlying the dream” […]

  • The rhetorical element of synecdoche is similar to Freud’s theory of condensation. The synecdoche is a comparison in which a mentioned part  stands for the whole of an item, idea, etc.   A comparison of this nature condenses the entirety of an object into a partial representation.  Because in a synecdoche, for instance, an artery might […]

  • In step one, how might one identify which words are significant. But, further, to understand the poem, might you not need to understand all its word — the “less” significant and “more” so, alike? Because the poem is a linear progression, it’s a matter of all words considered as a single unit, as opposed to […]

  • Henna commented on the blog post Steps in Semiotics 9 years, 5 months ago

    Your mention of the non-instantaneous development of one’s brain to assign meaning to each read word is interesting. I wonder if this process is actually somewhat more immediate than you, it seems, expect it might be. In other words, the image or meaning of a specific read word is concluded based on more of process-of-elimination […]

  • Henna wrote a new post, Semiotics: The How Tos, on the site h. 9 years, 5 months ago

    1. See the text as a unit. Read the text as linear culmination. 2. By process of elimination (that of selecting what it is not) assign a definition or mental image to word(s). 3. Sound out the words that create the poem. Notice that the “Rrr” in “Red” is unrelated to the blush hue. Can […]

  • Even that without words.

  • Henna wrote a new post, Hovered, on the site h. 9 years, 5 months ago

    Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back The New Critic is rather picky. Historical guides and statistical references are, to him, scrap paper — the blank, text-less spaces are the most useful. And of what interest to NC are Shakespeare’s personal beliefs and values? Those of his readers? Banished! Woe is to those who […]

  • I wonder what you would say about contemporary Broadway, then. Although we do rely on the internet and “behind the screen” entertainment, “live sessions” prevail. Certainly, as you’ve said, the nature of the two forums of ‘entertainment’ are executed differently. Interesting is your point discerning the degrees of pressure felt by “live”…[Read more]

  • If digital humanities is like “putting food on a plate before you begin to eat it,” then are traditional tools of analysis consumption of said food?

  • I suppose I never thought of embellishment in that way, but connotations are certainly somewhat individually achieved. Interesting that you compare Wordle to gematria, mostly because I’ve never studied it unrelated to Hebrew words. The “larger” the gematria of the word, the bigger it would appear on Wordle. I like it.

  • Henna commented on the blog post Digital Humanities 9 years, 6 months ago

    When it comes down to it, “reading is the most effective for interpretation.” I would add to that, though, that its effectiveness is limited to just the individual text or a handful of literary works. Certainly, in reference to analyzing our short stories alone, digital humanities are near pointless (other than Worlde being fun and […]

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