Indeed, the construction of ironic distance and open-endedness
is a primary function of the blues, which codify a means of resistance to oppression and a call to "move on" up and out.
But I have also tried to suggest that the intriguing aspect of Franco's treatment is its undecideability, its open-endedness
. As in so many other contemporary interpretations of Morosina's procession, the event appears to oscillate, materially and representationally, between iterating and reinforcing the values, rank, and power of the nobility, and, on the other hand, resisting and inverting the city's public, civic, male geography.
This embrace of change and open-endedness
was noticeable in nearly all of the works in Patterson's Studio Museum show; and, indeed, his ordinary life suggests that he views the role of "the artist" itself as an indeterminate score (or open piece) that can be interpreted in unexpected ways.
The final section sounds very Bakhtinian, with open-endedness
, politics of difference, dialogic, everyday speech practices, critique of dichotomy, negotiated difference, and so on (p.
Written for specific conferences, symposia, or edited volumes, the fourteen essays collected in Poetry On & Off the Page reexamine from the perspective of the nineties "how much our assumptions about [modernist and postmodernist poeticity] have changed." As the opening essay, "Postmodernism/Fin de Siecle" suggests, our understanding of postmodernism has shifted from a utopian definition in the early 1970s that "involved a romantic faith in the open-endedness
of literary and artistic discourse," to a more negative-prescriptive definition in the 1980s that hardened art "into a set of norms .
-- but this open-endedness
is intentional, supported by warm-hued, widescreen lensing, a nostalgia-filled music track and flawless, compassion-filled ensemble work.
See Quint, 268-324, who writes: "By insisting upon the open-endedness
of history, Lucan's losers' epic not only nostalgically suggests that the events that led up to defeat could have turned out differently, but also asserts that the setback may only be temporary, that continuing resistance may turn the tables on the victorious enemy.
Morrison comments on the open-endedness
of her fiction in Jones (135); Ruas (232, 236); Morrison, "Rootedness" (341); and Morrison, "Unspeakable" (226, 229).
The title of Brad Spence's fourth solo show at Shoshana Wayne Gallery, "(figs.)," simultaneously bespeaks the open-endedness
and closure of the fourteen immaculately airbrushed Photorealist paintings that were on view.
Both bitter and funny at times, Ugre}i3/4's novel leaves one with a sense of melancholy open-endedness
, but also with an undying belief in human courage, honesty, intellect, and passion.
Nonetheless, the emphasis on dialogue and multivalence does give his work an open-endedness
that can be mistaken for imprecision.
Beloved's other conclusion (an epilogue?) also thematizes an open-endedness
to words, narrative, and desires.