By Cristopher Hollingsworth
A research to please the passionate reader, Poetics of the Hive tells the tale of the evolution of the insect metaphor from antiquity to the multi-cultural current. An scan within the evolutionary biology of creative shape, Poetics of the Hive freshly examines vintage works of literature, delivering a view of poetic construction that complicates our principles of the earlier and its formative function in glossy realization and global literature. within the first a part of this lyrical synthesis of rhetoric, visible and postmodern thought, and cognitive technological know-how, Hollingsworth finds the constitution at the back of his metaphor, redefining it as an aesthetically and philosophically effective tableau that he calls the Hive. After constructing the Hive's evolution by the hands of epic poets, Hollingsworth makes use of the fight among quick and Keats over the implications of the insect metaphor to organize the floor for the Hive's later use as a automobile for the existentialist situation and topic. utilizing models of the Hive taken from Conrad, Wells, and others, Hollingsworth then gauges the effect of colonialism on Europe's mind's eye of the opposite. He then turns to the existential self and examines how Kafka and Sartre each one use the Hive to articulate a concept of attention and society-a debate that impacts the improvement of a contemporary, nonwester in literature. The concluding bankruptcy, an exhilarating starting place for extra cross-cultural paintings, examines Kobo Abe's girl within the Dunes and A. S. Byatt's Morpho Eugenia..
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The effect of distance, which ordinarily confounds understanding because it denies the viewer individuating particulars, is often exploited by the writer while reworking the Hive. 11 12 i n t r o d u c t i o n In real life, the content of our sovereign spectator’s visual ﬁeld would initially present itself as a simultaneous and probably overwhelming experience, one that naturally engages the mind’s ability to abstract. Because of the linear nature of verbal language, however, this sort of affective simultaneity cannot be represented as such.
The image of a collective organism is no more fabulous than its opposite, a singular observing consciousness that, like Emerson’s transparent eyeball, takes in the design of things from above. The arts of language have long anticipated and experimented with our moment’s technological extensions of vision. While we do not ordinarily think of metaphors as optical machines, it is instructive to do so. We do not look through the Hive as if it were a window. It is more accurate to compare it with a stereoscope, an optical toy still to be found in antique shops.
Furthermore, Coede`s’s and Becker’s pictures have a different focus from their classical forebears. ’’ Furthermore, because they work against their will and for ends that will only consume them, we are to separate these ants from their heap. Another instance from Becker will help to clarify this. When expressing the alienation and suffering of a single Cambodian woman named Hout Bophana, Becker employs a version of the Hive tableau whose logic we have studied in Lewis Thomas. The following analogy complements and completes the moral conclusions suggested by Becker’s earlier insect simile.