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multivalent

[¦məl·tə′vā·lənt]
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The author works hard to explain signs and bodies and their multivalency, especially in the crucifixion play where we witness an actor at substantial risk of actual physical harm.
Criticism, though, by attempting to reduce "ambivalence" or multivalency that is the character of all writing to merely one meaning, usually attempts to secure an unambiguous message for the reader there where Coetzee restores polyvalency.
One of the most thought-provoking contributions is Bahrani's association of the cuneiform writing system with semiotic and postmodern theories of deferred and pluridimensional referentiality, which she then uses to support the multivalency of representation (chapter four).
In her effort to assure multivalency, to avoid foreclosing varied interpretations, Goy-Blanquet has not made clear the end at which she aims.
The complex play of associations in the Palio di San Giorgio - celebrations of civic pride, military domination, and fertility combined quite possibly with exhibitions of cruelty, punishment, and humiliation - mark the festival's tremendous multivalency as a cultural event.
Bach in another Cambridge Music Handbook: "The very impossibility of uncovering the entire secret of the work in a single study points to the sophistication of its structure and its studied multivalency, which tease our preconceptions, perceptions and expectations" (Bach: Mass in B Minor [Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991
As with all of Youngblood's work, the spare physicality of this piece belies its disquieting multivalency.
The Chemist's Way to Prepare Multivalency (Chabre, Roy)
The ambiguity and multivalency of meaning that she postulates circulates most densely around the body of Christ himself, and she focuses in particular on the paradox of a human actor portraying Christ and its possible relationships to the theatricality of the Mass.
4 and 16-17: Although there are several indications of Sumerian multivalency in the SIS4-8 tablets from Ur (ED I or II), the evidence for the use of bud-sar at this time is exceedingly slight, and probably nonexistent.