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11) A turning of all figuration into the strictest physical, spatial terms is one of the most striking qualities of the texts of the Fizzles, as Shira Wolosky points out.
In Martinu's late music, all the figurations and imaginatively distinctive passages carry a meaning deeper than mere decoration or filling, and at some points they have an unearthly intensity.
30 These transformations of nature into pattern, of narrative into schema, of figuration into device are what gives ornament its authentic character.
The "reality" of Jesus lies in the extent to which figurations and stories of Jesus constitute us and our lives.
In this respect, the form of the lesson could be understood as analogous to a musical binary form in which two sections, A and A', center on a theme or particular figuration and unfold it in analogous ways.
Figurations of the sodomite king in Marlowe's play and James's England refract these concerns into the language of libel and sexual slander.
These works' emotional intensity recalls the distorted fin-de-siecle figurations of Egon Schiele and the early works of Nancy Spero, particularly her "nightmare figures" from the early '60s, in which human heads vomit, spit poison, or stick out their tongues.
Rambuss thus finds in the poems of the metaphysicals figurations of devotion and desire hardly less unblushingly erotic than the porn video.
He next emphasizes the disorientation of individuals faced with visible figurations of Death as "the Antic, sardonic jester, grim summoner, and eldritch lover, the vivid self-exhibition of humanity" (5) in his discussion of apocalyptic figurations of the end in Hamlet.
Changing the Subject: Mary Wroth and Figurations of Gender in Early Modern England.
Focusing on the Noli me tangere, the Madonna with Eight Saints, and the Annunciation, he reveals their multivalent significance, treating the paintings as virtual figurations of theological speculation and vehicles for spiritual meditation.
In general Wofford links figurative language to an imperial ideology that bruises a rather sternly defined literal level of action (Aeneas' descent to the underworld, for instance, is wholly figurative); the main line of argument is a connoisseurship of the dissonance between particular figurations and their context.