While Part I anatomizes
the situation of theory in literary studies, Part II deals with literary concepts: texts, the sign, language's performativity, 'overinterpretation', and' omniscience'.
This thought is embedded in countless myths and stories, many of which Roger anatomizes
in the course of his book.
For example, in section 15, he anatomizes
the titles of some books and finds them wanting because of the divergence between their titles and their contents, implicitly inviting the reader to perform the same operation on his book.
Alicia Ostriker's poem-for-performance, "Jephthah's Daughter," anatomizes
the profoundly disturbing narrative of misplaced sacrifice in Judges 11.
In Chapter Three, for instance, Tinkle anatomizes
the iconology of the two deities and outlines the way in which it confounds any attempt at reductive categorization: she describes a myriad of medieval images and explains precisely how they conflate details from diverse sources.
Rarely does Rich allow herself such a catalogue; more often she anatomizes
the near-impossibility of connection.
Examining this extended group of relatives, beginning with Charles in the late 18th century, Wyatt-Brown anatomizes
history in its smallest particulars, showing how general cultural values are recapitulated in families and individuals and at what cost.
His more controversial third part anatomizes
"the psychic interior of the Hawthornes' domestic sphere" and what he sees as the relationship of their "inward union" to the "marital politics" and the specters of sexual pollution conjoined with domestic intimacy in The Scarlet Letter.
Even as she anatomizes
this latest American schism, Oates touches on her usual obsessions.
Yet his ramblings, which Toni secretly rewrites for publication, capture war's essential surreality, as when he notes that Baghdad is awash in Coca-Cola, "as if Coke is sponsoring the whole rally." Toni, meanwhile, anatomizes
the new Croatia, shaped by "the shock troops of happiness," whose youth embrace slow food, Nick Cave, and cocaine.
This impressionistic poeme nocture anatomizes
different if related tonalities of youthful ennui and friendship, and the narrative's m.o.
movement training--patiently anatomizes
the search for an integrated way of teaching movement for actors.