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elective affinity,

n part of the body where a homeopathic remedy is most effective. See also disease affinity, organ affinity, and tissue affinity.
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Indeed, reading Trockel's new works through Scott's made clear that the elective affinities running throughout the show may, in the end, have more to do with a sense of obsessive intensity, material meticulousness, and individual points of view than with particular narrative themes.
Instead, the discussion swiftly turns to a decision to introduce Ottilie to the company of three, which allows the power of elective affinities between these four protagonists themselves to become apparent to the "observer who will watch with some engagement of his sympathy"--the reader of the novel.
The Elective Affinities opens, "Edward--as we shall call a well-to-do baron in the prime of his life--had been spending the finest hours of an April afternoon grafting freshly cut shoots onto rootstocks" (93).
The understanding of gid in a novel like Tom Jones or Elective Affinities or Dead Souls offers three possibilities for an interpretation of indirect discourse as representing: i) the character's perspective and the character's voice; ii) the character's perspective, but the narrator's voice; iii) the character acting as a mouthpiece for the narrator's perspective and voice.
Elective Affinities is a 20-minute opener by David Adjmi in which an affluent New Yorker treats the audience to her views on matters ranging from the work of art she and her husband have just bought to the moral dilemma of whether or not to torture people.
Hers has been a cosmopolitan life with elective affinities instead of roots, and in defiance of the demotic age, its dangers, and impoverishments.
Foreign Literature Book Group discusses Elective Affinities by Goethe, Washington University's West Campus Library, 7425 Forsyth, 7:30 p.
On the reading list are Goethe's Elective Affinities (1809), and Fontane's Effi Briest (1895), probably the most prominent novels in German literature dealing with issues of marriage and adultery, as well as a number of texts and films from the twentieth century, including Sigrid Damm's Ich bin nicht Ottilie (I am not Ottilie, 1992), which draws a nice connection to Ottilie, one of the central characters in Goethe's novel.
Here is the fiercely declamatory style made famous by Darwish, full of all the elective affinities of different histories of dispossession.
Elective affinities are clearly key to survival and growth.
It is not insignificant, for instance, that Goethe's Elective Affinities "suppresses the material and organic levels and constructs explicitly only the mental and spiritual levels" (184).
The volume ends with a series of individual "literary" studies--Here Jeremy Adler's precis of his argument in his German-language book on Goethe's Elective Affinities is important for the English reader, while David Van Leer again shows his extraordinary mastery of the American literary reception of German natural philosophy.