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.
Thus, it blocks a sequential reading ("perfective viewpoint" according to Smith ) in syndetic and asyndetic paratactical
constructions where such a reading would otherwise be preferred due to the inherent aspectual properties ("aktionsart") of the modified VPs: (19) and (24) (25).
The time that we as viewers experience, contingent on Henry's actions and experience, is similar to that which Hayden White discovers in a specific form of representation used primarily in Medieval historiography, the annals: "This time has no high points or low points; it is, we might say, paratactical
The narration never moves back in time; the flow is persistent throughout just as the paratactical
syntax--all the ands--is in the first chapter, allowing one utterance and one deed and one day to be followed by the next.
Subsequent sections of this essay describe how this philosophical conception engenders that discourse of paratactical
accretion and open-ended inclusion that is one of the trade-marks of Gadda's style.
Whereas each voice retains its particular perspective, there is no clear demarcation line where one voice stops talking and another begins, embedded as they all are in the firm objectivity of a flat, paratactical
prose that gives the novel its muted tonality.
style, clauses linked by "ands" and therefore not sorted hierarchically, conjures these things together.
From Bob Pearlman's perspective, however, Jameson's paratactical
style renders it more akin to pastiche (323).
There can be no "master narrative" (Lyotard) or "noetic unity" (James), since these stories exist in a paratactical
universe, "a world eternally incomplete, and at all times subject to addition or liable to loss.
A veritable "narrational crossfire" (Coste 174) is established at the paratactical
level of narration, involving conflicting relays, which in turn must engage a range of narratees "concerned with what is told here, or cannot be told" (Federman, To Whom It May Concern 168).