By Anne Cotterill
Cotterill turns feminist sensitivity towards silenced voices to appear afresh at significant nondramatic texts through Donne, Marvell, Browne, Milton, and Dryden. Anne Cotterill examines richly digressive audio system who carve literary mazes via a perilous international for mental, political, and poetic survival--and assault.
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He is always writing to face up to death in the form of absence and in a sense to face it down. I am reminded in this context of Scheherazade, for whom speaking alone forestalled death. As long as there were words there was breath, and the teller of tales—both speaker and writer—was able to postpone the inevitable silence and nothingness of the end. . Foucault saw the self-reﬂexive nature of language itself as the hedge against death’. Richard L. Regosin, Montaigne’s Unruly Brood: Textual Engendering and the Challenge to Paternal Authority (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1996), 39, who refers to Foucault’s essay ‘Language into Inﬁnity’, in Language, Counter-Memory, Practice: Selected Essays and Interviews, ed.
On the relations between digression and aggression, see, for example, Sandra Schor, ‘Reclaiming Digression’, in Louise Z. ), Audits of Meaning: A Festschrift in Honor of Ann E. Berthoff (Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook, 1988), 238–47. 72 In The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, trans. James Strachey and Anna Freud (London: Hogarth Press, 1953–74), see Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious, vol. viii; On Dreams, v. 629–86; ‘Remembering, Repeating and Working-Through’, xii.
Digressions also seem to be necessary when one’s subject cannot be stated directly but must be arrived at ‘little by little’. 79 For Quintilian a digression ‘outside the ﬁve divisions of the speech’ reﬂected an emotional detour (4. 3. 80 Both Cicero and Quintilian attempted to answer Plato’s objections to the dangerous effect of rhetoric by claiming that rhetoric’s most 75 Rudolph Agricola, De Inventione Dialectica Libri Tres (Three Books Concerning Dialectical Invention), book III, ch. iv, cited in Rebhorn (ed.