In short, categorisations regarding same-sexuality are paradoxical, suspensive, paratactical
, non-identical (Deranty, 2003: 146), which is why in the title of this paper I decided to put ('homosexual') under erasure, suspended, bracketed and in inverted commas.
Documenting the quiddity of objects and landscapes, they produced a paratactical
, accumulative language.
Pound proffers something else, a paratactical
listing of facts in which nothing necessarily means anything to the reader unless he or she sees (and only thereafter "knows") the same connections the writer has already seen.
37) This could only be achieved through a paratactical
division of the political space, reducing it to two separate, antagonistic series of equivalential chains.
In his 1980 essay Hasan also presented "Five Paratactical
Propositions about the Culture of Postmodernism":
Somewhat less successful is Rae's strictly teleological argument that the poet-novelists learned their particular brand of disjointed narrative from the disjunctive and paratactical
nature of poetry; it's not that the argument that Rae makes is wrong but that it seems overly simplistic.
This additive, associational structure is similar to that of present-tense narratives, as described by Uri Margolin: "Since events in concurrent narration are reported as they occur, as a sequence of NOW moments, or as the immediate experiences of the reporting voice, the sequence as a whole may often have an additive, paratactical
quality, with events being juxtaposed or strung together one after another" ("Of What Is Past" 152).
In the process, she highlights a series of devices that produce the above features and which are often used by these writers, as well as hark back to prior literary movements; among these are: the subversion of realist conventions of causality, time, place and characterization; the multiplication of points of view and the metamorphoses of protagonists or narrators; the creation of paradox and aporia; the slippage of the signifier and the play of differance; the deployment of mise-en-abyme, intertextuality, parody and pastiche; the creation of surrealist imagery; and the paratactical
structuring of the narratives.
To experience temporal parataxis (a compounding of deja vu with the uncanny) is to reach for an explanatory focus, though the nature of the form may render such explanations elusive, since, in Adorno's phrase, the paratactical
tends "inherently [to] elude subsumption under ideas" (134).
Poetry in general, and the paratactical
poetry of the last hundred years in particular, poses any number of further problems for the critic attempting a pragmatic approach.
KELSEY: Speaking of surfaces, you have described the modernist surface as a paratactical
space, or a site of exchange, where language, images, and actions collide and transform one another.
The debt of Shelley, Swinburne, and Hopkins to the paratactical
style of Aeschylus puts them in their different ways with in the tradition starting with Holderlin and culminating in Nietzsche's Dionysian principle.