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The explicators of his text guessed that he had come upon something important, but for the most part they interpreted him as a dealer in trendy communications theory who beguiled his audiences with a persona that joined, in Tom Wolfe's phrase, "the charisma of a haruspex with the irresistible certitude of the monomaniac."
Recent discourse in the fine arts and philosophy lifts the communicative functions of metaphor and analogy up for especial scrutiny, and explicators of music have like-wise, from numerous perspectives, begun to explore the figurative language human beings employ to speak about music as well as the somewhat recondite metaphors that often seem to lie at the heart of music's meanings (one thinks of theorists as different as Fred Maus and Steven Feld, but also of such forebears as Edward Cone and Leonard Meyer--all names invoked here in one context or another).
For Norris is surely one of the leading explicators, popularizers, and critics of contemporary cultural theorists, notably Derrida and de Man, with whom much of this book deals.
It is, moreover, immediately understood, and needs no help from the eager curatorial explicators.
But the, at times spectacular, contortions of Crane's "homotextualist" explicators are downright unconvincing.
An unwholesome, clammy intimacy pervades these sentences that refuse to do their job as explicators, analysts, judges.
Here what Gadamer's explicators call the "effective history" of the text being read, the period of decolonization, provides a clue (Baynes, Bohman, and McCarthy 319).
As death gathers the New York intellectuals into a generation--in Irving Howe's memorable phrase--they become fertile ground for critics and historians and, in due course, explicators and exegetes.
Whatever suggestions of imagery may reside in these works, the resulting experience is the opposite of, say, trying to puzzle out the latest hidden image Jasper Johns has decided to toss his explicators. Here, "content is a glimpse," as de Kooning himself once put it.
In The Ignorant Schoolmaster (1991), Ranciere devotes himself to a consideration of the fact that everyone--demonstrably, verifiably can and very often does learn without being taught in the mode of what Ranciere calls 'explication' (the intellectual intervention of an explicator).