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Here the Olympics confront colonial ruination by recovering and restoring a figure of alterity and pastness through the highly allegorical performance of the opening ceremonies.
A crucial fault in Madame de Stael's opinion (potential motives aside) is her lack of regard for the pastness and presence of the past--importantly including Greek and Roman mythology.
Eliot's later formulation of tradition: "the historical sense involves a perception, not only of the pastness of the past, but of its presence; the historical sense compels a man to write not merely with his own generation in his bones, but with a feeling that the whole of literature ...
The insect world seems to be all here and now, present, without any pastness or futurity.
Although Wright launches his poem with the same words as the hymn, the grandiloquent affirmation of prayerful address is immediately turned on its head by the rest of his first line, which banishes what the speaker had just summoned: "no one believes you'll come back." God's ancientness is attributable not to his durability but to his pastness. The line doubles back on itself, short- circuiting address to the divine as impossible, a rhetorical structure that has outlived its communicative function, if ever it had one.
There is a reckless piety of phrasing and phasing here: "now again;" "time seems here." Present and pastness, time and space intertwine, as Creeley comes to realize love is a bulwark against regret in one direction and despair in another.
The attempt to relinquish the pathos of pastness and print the palimpsestic presentness has imbued Raman's images with a series of thematic and aesthetic counterpoints.
For us to approach the Civil War with the same reflexes we bring to contemporary politics (with the exception that we think radical Republicans back then were the good guys instead of the bad) obscures the pastness of the past, and allows us to adopt a smug pose toward one side.
"With the move toward a more direct engagement with history in Absalom, in a novel replete with the strenuous narrative effort to examine the South's not-dead past" writes Lurie, "Faulkner sought a commensurate 'pastness' or historicity for his visual method of description?' Faulkner's literary historiography, for Lurie, comes into being--better, into focus--through a refusal to relinquish a visual style whose very anachronism makes palpable the burden of Southern history.
Likewise, the differences by which one recognizes the mental states of memory and anticipation are taken as following from actual differences of pastness and futureness in the extra-mental world.
These chapters are nicely attuned not only to the ways in which Shakespeare's language represents matter, time, and history, but to the many non-linguistic ways in which performance might activate, defuse, or make concurrent pastness and futurity, obsolescence and inevitability, and how it might reframe collective hopes or memories.
The authors define commodity as the experience of a generic pastness, a generalized tender nostalgia.
In reviewing this book readers must be mindful that the notion of history as "pastness" is critical, but how that past itself is rendered--its qualities, its attributes--is critical in what events will find record and be rendered meaningful in narrativizations such as this, the lives that will be chosen for record, and so on.
A second hypothesis is that the student seems not to have acquired the use of "should have" in giving a late piece of advice, indicating pastness; that is, when something was not done but should have been.
The pastness of the texts that we interpret demands accommodations of critical approach to negotiate historical differences".--Paul Hamilton