Perhaps they will recoil in horror at the sight of McCamus sticking his hand in surgical incisions to use other characters as ventriloquial
(4) These views are usually housed in Blake's own strenuous admonitions about "the bounding line" (E550) and "Minute Discrimination" (E643), (5) and despite the fact that his verbal practice is nearly always ventriloquial
or parodic and his illustrations often emulate the manners of caricature, his own idealization of his technical practice has traditionally led to a fudging of the difference in Blake between (virtually platonic) mimesis and a mimicry more relevant to eighteenth-century satire than to romantic elevation of imagination.
It was provided by such socialists as Mussolini and Lenin who adopted the principle of the Praetorian Guard: a tightly knit vanguard party, which could use the masses as ventriloquial
dummies and seek power on its own terms.
All in all, this book manages, intriguingly and compellingly, to reveal a Louise Labe who is both urgently a self and a cluster of personae, whose ability to speak herself depends heavily on her ventriloquial
Hunter writes that "a pride of lions on the hunt communicate with each other by deep grunts that have a strangely ventriloquial
Having thus reassigned tropic conformatio to the category of metaphor and ventriloquial
"personification" to the genre of fable and apologue, I shall tidy the remaining material into two general categories: prosopopoeia effected by incarnation on the one hand and by rarefaction on the other.
But this ventriloquial
function extends also to the generation of characters who speak for the silent.
Cunningham is brilliant, but ventriloquial
. Sometimes he sounds like John Carey, sometimes like Kevin Hart.
In short, just as Carwin receives a perverse kind of pleasure from his ventriloquial
powers, so too does Clara receive pleasure from her tale-telling.(15) Carwin proclaims that "I cannot convey to you an adequate idea of the kind of gratification which I derive from these exploits" (p.
Similarly, a brief examination of 'Ventriloquial
' raises the issues of representation which inform the entire collection, from the apocalyptic warning about Nuclear Winter which the narrator of 'Ponies' (also in Closing the File) creates from travel narratives of Antarctic explorers, to the metafictional 'The Days of Sail' and 'Some Questions I Am Frequently Asked', which underscore the problematic relation between an author and his or her creation.
Like the "English Pierrots" Elouise and her recitation become incorporated within a Caribbean celebration subversive of an imperial ventriloquial
Anyone familiar with Nabokov's linguistic mastery, however, cannot fail to detect his ventriloquial