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Stockett silences Gretchen's perspective, fictively punishing her for daring to question a white woman:
After a short-lived attempt to learn from the moral errors of other boys and embrace a life of Christian virtue, the young Tejeda finds himself immersed in wayward intrigues and, as a result, fictively enveloped by the symbolism of enclosure, captivity, and tentative survival.
Her marriage to a man she fictively affiliates with her dead father is dramatization of the absence of predictability and control in the author's own mind--marrying a man just like the one who married dear old mom is classic, cyclic dysfunction.
One of the main ways to sell a plot of land was adoption: the buyer (adoptee) was then fictively introduced into the family of the seller (adopter).
Let us try another image for pity: not as a halo or penumbra, nor as a flow, nor as a matrix, but rather as a pearl lodged in an oyster, the tears (in the sense of sobbing) which are also 'tears' (in the sense of 'rips') in the fabric of fictively mature life, moments which affect through their narration whole areas of subjectivity, and particularly the roots of how we hold subjectivity together, moving (as we imagine we do) from moment to moment.
This compelled him to conclude that "the self" was no more than a non-existent (or, at any rate, undemonstrable) substrate fictively posited to give some semblance of tractable unity to a collection of more or less random perceptions:
The animalized human body is visually legible and fictively pleasing, therefore, precisely because it is neither legible nor pleasing in relation to the norm or to the "real" that the comic fantastically suspends yet constantly and invisibly produces as an essential effect of that suspension.
However, as Morrison has always maintained, Beloved is neither history nor historical fiction--rather, she was inspired by a single traumatic moment not to historicize Garner, but to write this "circle of sorrow" that interrogates fictively the ways that memory, trauma, and guilt "play in the darkness" of American racial history.
These questions notwithstanding, it should be clear that the three books under consideration are astute and insightful exercises that deal with complex historical figures and figurations, which are often rendered fictively in the archive and in historical analyses.
Shall liberalism be immanent, realizing contract values directly at the level of society, or vicarious, realizing such values only indirectly and fictively through the intermediary of the state--thus running the analogous risk of turning the entire social realm over to the communitarian ideal of status?
It's at its best not about technology but fictively theorizing human behavior in new environments.
For Sapphira and the Slave Girl, Cather fictively returns to her ancestral home in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.