More specifically, I will contend that, while theological aesthetics represents a necessary corrective to modern and postmodern theologies, liberation theology represents an equally necessary safeguard against the opposite danger, a reduction of aesthetics to an apolitical religious experience wherein the Beautiful does not irrupt
in the world, transforming it, but is simply a legitimating reflection of that world.
Instead, I am positing the more modest claim that these instances where space irrupts
into the foreground produce moments of self-consciousness--not so much a reversal of ethics as an awareness of an alternative mode of ethical behavior.
Crewdson's highly staged, cinematic Twilight series is set in an anonymous suburban territory, but echoes lots of science fiction tropes in the form of suggestive scenes where fantasy irrupts
into the ordered regimes of suburban living, that quintessential twilight zone.
For despite the deconstructive operations that it performs on this trope, The Carpathians maintains the integrity of allegory to the extent that the 'horizontal semantic differentiation' characteristic of such figures of speech as metaphor (whereby the metaphor irrupts
from the literal) does not dominate in Frame's novel.
The other irrupts
(20) into the life of the clinical professional only rarely, but always demands a response to the illness that has disrupted his or her life and necessitated the attendance at the clinic.
As the speaker is delivered into the place of memory proper in line 11 ("here," huc), a far more energetic human actor irrupts
onto the scene: a beloved who nourishes, but also coerces ("led," cogit), rules,
And yet as the story ends, both the protagonist and the dead marine lie, in effect, monstrously between worlds, the federal imperial world of the coast and the insular colonial world of the street, defeated, as it were, by the unbearable closeness of a brush, a simple "manoseo," a feel, a caress that suddenly irrupts
into his text.
by fits and starts in a semiotic that is fragmentary, one that is more suggestive than conclusive" of national history's frightening and forgotten past (Savoy 8).
into time and the poet's life mysteriously and powerfully and threatens to throw his life into disorder.
A Dreaming irrupts
into the confines of human history (always at a crucial moment) to turn the action to Dreaming purpose.
Mary's ascribed madness irrupts
in the church in antilanguage thereby subverting the sanctity of that institution, and creating "a moment of silence, a question without answer ...
Although Greene does not specifically invoke Lacan, and although he like Bloom gives too much priority to "a single privileged predecessor" (Greene 51), the basic functions of reproductive, eclectic, heuristic, and dialectical imitation correspond with the various modes of Lacanian self construction and the anxiety that irrupts
. As Greene puts it, "living poetry represents a series of victories over anxiety, based upon a courage that confronts the model without neurotic paralysis and uses the anxiety to discover selfhood" (31).