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Whereas the Irish Revival instanced a kind of reverse vanguardism, its leader did not so much suffer as embrace a doubly reinforced belatedness in their name.
However, the argument that pits these approaches against the possibilities offered by Denis Williams is not fully realized and the earlier thread of belatedness, anachronism and the provincial is lost.
Thomas Elsaesser acknowledges the dual nature of the postclassical and belatedness with "Specularity and Engulfment: Francis Ford Coppola and Bram Stoker's Dracula [1992].
Here, the text's anxieties about Italy's belatedness are reconfigured as Italy's overcoming of it serves precisely an indication of its overwhelming dedication to the progress of imperial modernity.
If the newer traumatic shock can evoke an older one and in turn add meaning to the recent trauma, then traumatic temporality assumes the quality of what LaPlanche would later term the "seesaw effect" (in Caruth 2002: 102) which in its mutual movement adds to the haunting belatedness and repetitiveness of re-enactments and nightmares from which trauma victims suffer.
Ohi's book, with its rigorous arguments, close readings and complex linguistic strructure, performs belatedness, enabling the meeting of author and reader in the "taking place" of the text.
The challenge Levinson outlines for educators is to create pedagogical spaces in which students can understand and "confront" their sense of belatedness (and social positioning) without feeling paralyzed or determined by it.
Given the significance of the project, this recognition by the academia should be appreciated, despite all its belatedness.
With a bevy of major national, even international poets affiliated with the South, Southern verse should no longer be viewed as an outpost for tropes of backwardness, belatedness, benightedness; indeed, the field's un-oppositional status is expressed succinctly in Natasha Trethewey's being honored simultaneously as Poet Laureate of Mississippi and of the United States.
If anything, the belatedness and irretrievability of the past make the realization, as he says, "hopelessly poignant.
His intention is to "provide a reflection on our sense of belatedness and the need to write out or exorcize our Victorian spirits in the contemporary sphere" (24).
The problem with this belatedness, as Lazarus demonstrates with great eloquence in the chapters that follow, is that its effects are deeply ideological.