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Instead, I am positing the more modest claim that these instances where space irrupts into the foreground produce moments of self-consciousness--not so much a reversal of ethics as an awareness of an alternative mode of ethical behavior.
Desire irrupts into time and the poet's life mysteriously and powerfully and threatens to throw his life into disorder.
Mary's ascribed madness irrupts in the church in antilanguage thereby subverting the sanctity of that institution, and creating "a moment of silence, a question without answer .
ethical persuasion in Fuller irrupts in Emerson's essay
A penchant for the grotesque and for madness irrupts in some stories.
Space irrupts into environs, just as temporalizing extends us into the future from the past.
Violence irrupts as a consequence of a situation that gets out of hand.
For these commentators, hypertext irrupts into the lineal, logocentric model of print writing by constituting itself through infinitely accessible and erasable units of information.
The rocket-like format of the monumental Cimabue, one might deduce from Nagel, forms precisely such a Benjaminian constellation, in which the past irrupts into the present in a flash.
In what follows, I argue that the novels and essays of Ralph Ellison engage fruitfully and almost incessantly with precisely these tensions, and that jazz serves, on the strength of those tensions--principally in its big-band, dancehall, Ellingtonian incarnation, though also as its spirit irrupts into the music and preaching of the African American church--as the exemplary sacred-profane model for Ellison's ambitious democratic vision.
Divine grace never irrupts into the realm of "pure nature;' as if it were a virtual dominion unto itself--a closed system of Newtonian causes to be invaded--or else into an equally putative realm of "pure" Kantian reason wherein humanity's autonomous powers require the superstructure of revelation to be built on a foundation that has already and independently been laid.
For despite the deconstructive operations that it performs on this trope, The Carpathians maintains the integrity of allegory to the extent that the 'horizontal semantic differentiation' characteristic of such figures of speech as metaphor (whereby the metaphor irrupts from the literal) does not dominate in Frame's novel.