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palimpsest

(păl`ĭmpsĕst'): see manuscriptmanuscript,
a handwritten work as distinguished from printing. The oldest manuscripts, those found in Egyptian tombs, were written on papyrus; the earliest dates from c.3500 B.C.
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palimpsest

[pə′lim·səst]
(geology)
Referring to a kind of drainage in which a modern, anomalous drainage pattern is superimposed upon an older one, clearly indicating different topographic and possibly structural conditions at the time of development.
In sedimentology, autochthonous sediment deposits which exhibit some of the attributes of the source sediment.
(petrology)
Of a metamorphic rock, having remnants of the original structure or texture preserved.
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This startling example of reading Aboriginal peoples out of contemporary Canada, is the rule rather than the exception in settler Canadian communities, which behave as though history and politics were not always performed on the palimpsest of the past.
Ellison thus represents a racialized perception of time by means of the palimpsest. For him, the palimpsest is the only temporal model that acknowledges the importance of the past in shaping African-American identity without condemning individual African-Americans to repeat it.
I introduced the palimpsest metaphor to draw attention to the active layering of cultural meanings in the material and habitual world of the everyday.
Troubled by the ways black cultural nationalists eschewed cultural forms (blues), downplayed the importance of formative historical periods (slavery), and argued for rigid regimentation of racial identity (black is, black ain't), Jones used her palimpsest narrative to explore how the complex of desire, sexuality, and racial identity, like the intersubjectivity created in family narratives, offers both enabling and constricting options.
A portfolio of some of Barry's artistic and sensitive photographs was published in 1975 by Sleepy Avenue Press of Chicago under the title, "The People of Amana," and some were used to illustrate the Spring 1988 issue of The Palimpsest (Volume 69, Number 1).
Gerard Genette's Palimpsests, first published in 1982 and in recent years translated into a number of European languages, is the central text in a trilogy (the other texts being Introduction a l'architexte and Seuils) in which Genette undertakes a structuralist analysis of major elements of 'transtextuality', that is, the 'textual transcendence of the text', or 'all that sets the text in a relationship, whether obvious or concealed, with other texts' (p.
The underlying text is said to be "in palimpsest," and, even though the parchment or other surface is much abraded, the older text is recoverable in the laboratory by such means as the use of ultraviolet light.
The work, to be titled Palimpsest, would have marked the first time the artist had deployed language and mentioned specific victims (the plan calls for names to surface in water against a concrete backdrop).
Styan; Shakespeare's theater: tradition and experiment, Robert Weimann; Women at the windows: commedia dell' arte and theatrical practice in early modern Italy, Jane Tylus; The circulation of clothes and the making of the English theater, Ann Rosalind Jones and Peter Stallybrass; Absorbing interests: Kyd's bloody handkerchief as palimpsest, Andrew Sofer; Insubstantial pageants: womens work and the (im)material culture of the early modern stage, Natasha Korda.
After a note on his early project for a poetic cycle, she looks at a reading of the Suites as a soul in rough draft; at Canciones as lyric in palimpsest; and at the poetry, music, and dance in the Poema del cante jondo.
Mr Gepp, from Llandrindod Wells, said, "When we found his (James Candy's) signature again there was also, below and to the left, what reads, despite the palimpsest of physical damage and the passage of time, as 'I ....lly want ..is baby'.
The centre of Oxford is a three-dimensional palimpsest. Many of the quadrangles and gardens date back to medieval times, when the colleges were religious foundations and all the dons in holy orders.