The programmatics of "secondariness
" at work in the proem become even more complex when, in an apostrophe to Domitian, Statius describes his Achilleid as merely a "prelude", a preliminary game to the real business of writing historical epic about the emperor himself: da veniam ac trepidum patere hoc sudare parumper pulvere: te longo necdum fidente paratu molimur magnusque tibi praeludit Achilles.
 Is it not exactly this mysticism of contingency, or secondariness
, that everyone recognizes and loves so much in the later painting of Claude Monet?
In consummate postmodern fashion, this knowing subject is a fleeting apparition that is (d)efaced through the 'life cycle.' Such moments, however, offer a counter to what McRobbie and Garber termed the 'structured secondariness
'(21) that emerged from the investigations of women within the youth subculture paradigm.
Having admitted his secondariness
, the duke has to reestablish his indispensability as a critic.
When we examine the evidence offered by the two Gospels without any preconvictions as to priority, we must acknowledge that the secondariness
of John to Luke is still unproven.
For a discussion of the status of Benjamin's "coming-to-legibility," as well as its implicit originary secondariness
, and hence its textual ramifications, I must refer to the section on "Avbrottet" in my Det kritiska ogonblicket: Holderlin, Benjamin, Celan (Stockholm: Norstedts, 1991), 71-133.
You are not, as in the general discourse of generalization, presented with the first principle each time; the first principle is always in the space of secondariness
. That may be a different way of thinking through the notion of precedents and precepts.
He argues, however, that acting is a more useful metaphor to characterize the agency of readers, for while it captures the secondariness
of a reader's response to a text, it also grants to readers a function both different from writing and yet of crucial importance.
To be sure, readers of the Aeneid are well aware that Virgil keeps Homer's poems constantly in mind and that he employs thousands of details of plot, characterization, and wording that are openly derived from Homer.(32) This elaborate construction of secondariness
, of Virgil's poetry to Homer's, is clearly of great importance to Virgil.
The supreme irony is that we Arabs are of this world, hooked into dependency and consumerism, cultural vassalage and technological secondariness
, without much volition on our part.
The trope of secondariness
resounds in searingly regretful, plangent tones throughout the Aeneid.