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5) Spacks, for instance, has identified inexpressibility as "a formal device of considerable import" in sentimental novels (133).
In light of the above analysis, the connotative system of 'horror' in The Necromancer can be said to include the following features: 1) horror arises from perception; 2) it is a hostile force which 3) exerts a physical impact and 4) elicits a bodily reaction; 5) it exhibits arresting power, 6) is characterised by inexpressibility, and 7) causes extreme coldness and 8) loss of control.
As he says, he even wants to taste the hyper-present "aliveness" or "ecstasy" that he is experiencing, drawing attention to the inexpressibility in words of the sensation at hand, but the glimmering emotional charge that it carries.
Turning to Jacques Derrida, Bould not only makes the familiar observation that Godzilla represents nuclear anxiety in postwar Japan, but also notes that such anxiety is further sublimated by the indirect depiction of the Oxygen Destroyer, which "represents the inexpressibility of nuclear destruction.
Indeed, Giorgio Agamben has warned us that the very notion of inexpressibility risks bestowing an aura of mysticism on the extermination of human lives (31): "Decir que Auschwitz es 'indecible' o 'incomprensible' equivale a euphemein, a adorarle en silencio, como se hace con un dios; es decir, significa, a pesar de las intenciones que puedan tenerse, contribuir a su gloria" (32).
In short, faith is at its core ineffable knowledge: "The inexpressibility of faith is the cognitional counterpart of the unrestrictedness of the love from which it is 'born.
Although there may be other accounts that can do the job, the account this paper sketches (based on an approach that has largely been overlooked) shows promise and can easily deal with the inexpressibility problem.
It is not improbable that Bhartrhari attributed importance to his theorem of inexpressibility not only because of the consequence pronounced in verse 29 but also because he considered it to be in opposition to a doctrine adopted in other schools according to which everything which exists is a meaning-object of linguistic items, in technical terms a padartha.
In various ways, the text repeatedly references the inexpressibility of affect (98, 101, 208, 253, 275, 306, 313, 350, 359).
Theorising shame as an unspeakable and unnameable event that would lie beyond the expressibility of language, but whose inexpressibility would find constant inscription as inadequacy within writing raises the 'affection-image' of shame (p175) to the quasi-transcendental status of an unsurpassable limit-horizon.
Hamilton notes, here, Spenser shifts his humility topos as a poet to one of inexpressibility in the poetry itself, which defers much of the textual authority from the author to the reader (DeNeef 111-12; Hamilton 287).
To be exact, the thesis of inexpressibility of God in Platonic tradition, from where all three had in a sense proceeded, was a corollary of the epoptic quality of Platonic metaphysics (see e.