Objects in the Rearview Mirror 

May Appear More Solid Than They Are:

Retrospective/Retroactive Narrative Dynamics in Criticism

rearview

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Virtually a book, by

José Ángel García Landa

(University of Zaragoza)

2005-2009

http://tinyurl.com/retroretro

http://www.unizar.es/departamentos/filologia_inglesa/garciala/publicaciones/retroretro.html


Author's note. This book is 90% written, and yet remains (and probably will remain) in a state of virtuality. What  follows is a list of the papers dealing with the subject of the retroactive dynamics of criticism I wrote between 1995 and 2008, and which would be incorporated into the book, with the main insights, assuming there is a number of them, being spelled out and reworked in a hypothetical introduction.

But I will entrust this job to some ghostly doppelgänger who is, I fear, on a sabbatical leave just now.

Inquisitive readers may, however, read most of the "book," either on the web or painstakingly tracking down its scattered textual body.


Table of Contents:

0. "En el retrovisor." Foreword / Afterword to Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear More Solid Than They Are. In García Landa, Vanity Fea 22 Oct. 2005.
http://garciala.blogia.com/2005/102201-en-el-retrovisor.php

1. "Speech Acts, Literary Tradition, and Intertextual Pragmatics." From The Intertextual Dimension of Discourse: Pragmalinguistic-Cognitive-Hermeneutic Approaches. Ed. Beatriz Penas. Zaragoza: Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Zaragoza, 1996. 29-50. http://ssrn.com/abstract=1581424
(A preliminary Spanish version is available online:)  "Actos indirectos y en general poco serios: La tradición literaria como pragmática intertextual." Paper presented at the VIII Seminario Susanne Hübner: "Pragmatic Approaches to (Inter-)Textuality". Universidad de Zaragoza, 29 Nov.-1 Dec. 1995. Online edition (2004): http://www.unizar.es/departamentos/filologia_inglesa/garciala/publicaciones/actos.html

2. "Understanding Misreading: A Hermeneutic / Deconstructive Approach." From The Pragmatics of Understanding and Misunderstanding. Ed. Beatriz Penas. Zaragoza: Universidad de Zaragoza, 1998. 57-72. http://ssrn.com/abstract=1581444
(A preliminary Spanish version is available online:) "Understanding Misreading: Hermenéutica de la relectura retrospectiva." Paper presented at the IX Susanne Hübner Seminar, "Pragmatics of Understanding and Misunderstanding" (Universidad de Zaragoza, Departamento de Filología Inglesa y Alemana, Nov. 1996. Online edition: http://www.unizar.es/departamentos/filologia_inglesa/garciala/publicaciones/understanding.html

3. Review of The Art of Rhetoric (Institutiones Oratoriae, 1711-1741). From the Definitive Latin Text and Notes, Italian Commentary and Introduction by Giuliano Crifò. Ed. and trans. Giorgio A. Pinton and Arthur W. Shippee. From  Miscelánea 19 (1998): 224-29.
New online edition (2004): http://www.unizar.es/departamentos/filologia_inglesa/garciala/publicaciones/vico.html

4. "Catastrophism and Hindsight: Narrative Hermeneutics in Biology and in Historiography." From Beyond Borders: Redefining Generic and Ontological Boundaries. Ed. Ramón Plo-Alastrue and María Jesús Martínez-Alfaro. (Anglistische Forschungen, 303). Heidelberg: Winter, 2002. 105-119. http://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=1592520
(A preliminary Spanish version is available online:)
"Catastrofismo y retrospección: Hermenéutica narrativa en la biología y en la historia." Paper read at the conference "Beyond Borders." Universidad de Zaragoza, 2000. Internet edition (2004):
http://www.unizar.es/departamentos/filologia_inglesa/garciala/publicaciones/catastrofismo.htm

5. "Overhearing Narrative." From The Dynamics of Narrative Form: Studies in Anglo-American Narratology. Ed. John Pier. (Narratologia: Contributions to Narrative Theory / Beiträge zur ErzŠhltheorie, 4). Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2004. http://garciala.blogia.com/2008/101501-the-dynamics-of-narrative-form.php

6. "The Hermeneutic Spiral from Schleiermacher to Goffman: Retroactive Thematization, Interaction, and Interpretation." BELL (Belgian English Language and Literature) ns 2 (2004):  155-66. (Special issue, "The Language/Literature Interface). PDF in García Landa, Vanity Fea 29 Nov. 2006:
http://garciala.blogia.com/2006/112902-retroactive-thematization-interaction-and-interpretation.php 
and in Zaguán (Feb. 2009): http://zaguan.unizar.es/record/1986
Spanish version: "Tematización retroactiva, interacción e interpretación: La espiral hermenéutica de Schleiermacher a Goffman." In Hans-Georg Gadamer: Ontología estética y hermenéutica. Ed. Teresa Oñate y Zubía, Cristina García Santos and Miguel Ángel Quintana Paz. With the Research Group "Grupo de Investigaciones Estético-Políticas Palimpsestos. Facultad de Filosofía, UNED. Book + DVD: "Gadamer: memoria de un siglo". Madrid: Dykinson, 2005. 679-88. 

7. Rev.  of Literature as Communication: The Foundations of Mediating Criticism. By Roger D. Sell. Miscelánea 25 (Language and Linguistics Issue, 2002, issued in 2003). 183-88.  New online edition (2004): http://www.unizar.es/departamentos/filologia_inglesa/garciala/publicaciones/selllac.html

8. "The Poetics of Subliminal Awareness: Re-reading Intention and Narrative Structure in Nabokov's 'Christmas Story'." European Journal of English Studies 8.1 (2004): 27-48. Online ed. of full version:
http://www.unizar.es/departamentos/filologia_inglesa/garciala/publicaciones/subliminal.htm

9. "Hindsight, Intertextuality, and Interpretation: A Symbol in Nabokov's Christmas." Symbolism: An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics (New York: AMS Press), 5 (2004): 267-94. Info: http://www.uni-wuerzburg.de/anglistik/Symbolism/
Spanish translation: "Cognición retrospectiva, intertextualidad e interpretación." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 20 Dec. 2005:
http://garciala.blogia.com/2005/122001-cognicion-retrospectiva-intertextualidad-e-interpretacion-un-simbolo-en-navidad-.php

10. Review of Mediating Criticism: Literary Education Humanized. By Roger Sell. Language and Literature 12.3 (2003): 283-85. http://lal.sagepub.com/

11. "An Apocalypse of Total Communication: Utopian and Dystopian Perspectives in Star Maker (1937) and The Matrix (1999)." In Memory, Imagination and Desire in Contemporary Anglo-American Literature and Film. Ed. Constanza del Río-Álvaro and Luis Miguel García-Mainar. (Anglistische Forschungen, 337). Heidelberg: Winter, 2004. 253-68.
http://www.unizar.es/departamentos/filologia_inglesa/garciala/publicaciones/totalcommunication.html

12. "Rereading(,) Narrative(,) Identity(,) and Interaction." Paper read at the conference on "Identity and Diversity: Philosophical/Philological Reflections." Madrid: UNED, Oct. 9-10, 2003. Published in Interculturalism: Between Identity and Diversity. Ed. Beatriz Penas Ibáñez and Mª Carmen López Sáenz. Bern: Peter Lang, 2006. 207-26. Online in García Landa, Vanity Fea 10 Aug. 2006. http://www.unizar.es/departamentos/filologia_inglesa/garciala/publicaciones/commintern.html
Spanish translation: "Identidad, Narración, Interacción—Relectura". In Paradojas de la interculturalidad: Filosofía, lenguaje y discurso. Ed. Mª Carmen López Sáenz and Beatriz Penas Ibáñez. (Razón y sociedad). Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva, 2007. 178-98.

Online ed. in Garcia Landa, Vanity Fea 10 Aug. 2006.
http://www.unizar.es/departamentos/filologia_inglesa/garciala/publicaciones/comminternesp.html

         13. "Adaptation, Appropriation, Retroaction: Symbolic Interaction with Henry V." In Books in Motion: Adaptation, Intertextuality, Authorship. Ed. Mireia Aragay. (Contemporary Cinema). Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2005.
http://www.rodopi.nl/functions/search.asp?BookId=COCI+2
PDF:  http://www.unizar.es/departamentos/filologia_inglesa/garciala/publicaciones/Adaptation.pdf

14. "Narrating Narrating: Twisting the Twice-Told Tale." In Theorizing Narrativity, ed. John Pier and José Ángel García Landa. (Narratologia). Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2008. Online in "Theorizing Narrativity (Google Preview Wizard)."  In García Landa, Vanity Fea 14 Oct. 2008.
http://garciala.blogia.com/2008/101401-theorizing-narrativity-google-preview-wizard-.php


15. "Internalized Interaction: The Specular Development of Language and the Symbolic Order / Interacción internalizada: el desarrollo especular del lenguaje y el orden simbólico." Online PDF at Social Science Research Network (Dec. 2007):
http://ssrn.com/abstract=1073782
______."Interacción internalizada: el desarrollo especular del lenguaje y el orden simbólico." Online PDF at Zaguán 17 April 2009.

http://zaguan.unizar.es/record/3239

16. "Benefit of Hindsight: Polybius, Vico, Wilde and critical emergentism / Benefit of Hindsight: Polibio, Vico, Wilde y el emergentismo crítico." Online PDF (in Spanish) at Social Science Research Network (Nov. 2007).
http://ssrn.com/abstract=1029148
______. "Benefit of Hindsight: Polibio, Vico, Wilde y el emergentismo crítico." Online PDF at  Zaguán 24 March 2009.
http://zaguan.unizar.es/record/3215 

17. Wilde and the Riddle of the Sphinx / Wilde y el enigma de la Esfinge." Online PDF (in Spanish) at Social Science Research Network (Jan. 2008)
http://ssrn.com/abstract=1082721
_____. "Wilde y el enigma de la Esfinge." Online PDF at Zaguán 23 April 2009.
http://zaguan.unizar.es/record/3245

18. "Emergent Narrativity." Online PDF at Social Science Research Network (March 2008).
http://ssrn.com/abstract=1099358
_____. "Emergent Narrativity." Online PDF at Zaguán 12 May 2009.
http://zaguan.unizar.es/record/3274

19. "Goffman: Reality as Self-Fulfilling Expectation and the Theatre of Interiority / Goffman: La realidad como expectativa autocumplida y el teatro de la interioridad." Online PDF (in Spanish) at Social Science Research Network (April 2008):
http://ssrn.com/abstract=1124990

20.  "Acritical Criticism, Critical Criticism: Critical Interaction, Reframing and Topsight." Online PDF (in English) at Social Science Research Network (August 2008).
http://ssrn.com/abstract=1259696
_____."Acritical Criticism, Critical Criticism / Crítica acrítica, crítica crítica." 2007. Online PDF (in Spanish) at Social Science Research Network:
http://ssrn.com/abstract=1064721
_____. "Crítica acrítica, crítica crítica." Online PDF (in Spanish) at Zaguán 4 April 2009
http://zaguan.unizar.es/record/3228

21. "Tomorrow Will Have Been Written / Mañana habrá sido escrito." Online PDF at Social Science Research Network (October 7, 2008).
http://ssrn.com/abstract=1279918



APPENDIX: 


Blognotes (in Spanish) on retrospection, and retroactive narrativization (2005-2009):


José Ángel García Landa. "Retroalimentación anticipada." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 6 July 2005.
http://garciala.blogia.com/2005/070802-retroalimentacion-anticipada.php

_____. "La causa de los atentados." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 8 July 2005.
            http://garciala.blogia.com/2005/070806-la-causa-de-los-atentados.php


_____. "Profecías autocumplidas retroactivamente." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 24 June 2005. (SF, Philip K. Dick, retrospection).
http://garciala.blogia.com/2005/062401-profecias-autocumplidas-retroactivamente.php


_____. "Retroalimentación anticipada." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 6 July 2005. (Language, interaction and interpretation).
http://garciala.blogia.com/2005/070802-retroalimentacion-anticipada.php

_____. "El pretérito imperfecto."  In García Landa, Vanity Fea 13 July 2005. (Retrospection, iterative).
http://garciala.blogia.com/2005/071301-el-preterito-imperfecto.php

_____. "David Liss, A Spectacle of Corruption." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 4 August 2005.
http://garciala.blogia.com/2005/080403-david-liss-a-spectacle-of-corruption.php

_____. "Periodismo y retrospección." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 10 August 2005.
http://garciala.blogia.com/2005/081101-periodismo-y-retrospeccion.php

_____. "Contando otra vez la misma historia." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 17 August 2005.
http://garciala.blogia.com/2005/081701-contando-otra-vez-la-misma-historia.php

_____.  "La historia del fracaso del plan." In García Landa, Vanity Fea  10 Jan. 2006.
http://garciala.blogia.com/2006/011002-la-historia-del-fracaso-del-plan.php

_____. "Nostalgia por el futuro." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 15 March 2006.
 http://garciala.blogia.com/2006/031504-nostalgia-por-el-futuro.php

_____. "Things That Might Have Been." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 17 March 2006. (Destiny, retrospection, Longfellow, Borges).
http://garciala.blogia.com/2006/031701-things-that-might-have-been.php

_____. "La atalaya retrospectiva." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 18 March 2006.
 http://garciala.blogia.com/2006/031802-la-atalaya-retrospectiva.php

_____. "Apostillas emergentes a los posts de ayer." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 2 June 2006.
 http://garciala.blogia.com/2006/060201-apostillas-emergentes-a-los-posts-de-ayer.php

_____. "Be Copy Now." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 24 June 2006.
 http://garciala.blogia.com/2006/062401-be-copy-now.php

_____. "Aclaración de la Declaración." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 5 July 2006.
 http://garciala.blogia.com/2006/070503-aclaracion-de-la-declaracion.php

 _____. "Planetas errantes, hechos brutos y realidades virtuales." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 17 August 2006.
 http://garciala.blogia.com/2006/081702-planetas-errantes-hechos-brutos-y-realidades-virtuales.php

_____.  "Crítica acrítica, crítica crítica." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 18 Aug. 2006.
http://garciala.blogia.com/2006/081801-critica-acritica-critica-critica.php

_____. "George Herbert Mead, The Philosophy of the Present." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 21 August 2006. http://garciala.blogia.com/2006/082103-george-herbert-mead-la-filosofia-del-presente.php

_____. "La narratividad." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 24 August 2006
http://garciala.blogia.com/2006/082402-la-narratividad.php

_____. "Narración, interacción e interpretación." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 29 Sept. 2006.
 http://garciala.blogia.com/2006/092902-narracion-interaccion-e-interpretacion.php

_____. "Alguien debió preverlo." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 3 Oct. 2006.
http://garciala.blogia.com/2006/100301-alguien-debio-preverlo.php   

_____.  "Nuevas antigüedades." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 12 Oct. 2006.
http://garciala.blogia.com/2006/101201-nuevas-antiguedades.php

_____. "Hoodwinked by Aristotle." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 23 Oct. 2006.
http://garciala.blogia.com/2006/102301-hoodwinked-by-aristotle.php

_____. "Poco se sospechaba él." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 19 Jan. 2007. (Stranger than Fiction).
http://garciala.blogia.com/2007/011901-poco-se-sospechaba-el.php 

_____. "Goffman: La realidad como expectativa autocumplida." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 27 Jan. 2007.
http://garciala.blogia.com/2007/012701-goffman-la-realidad-como-expectativa-autocumplida.php

_____. "Benefit of Hindsight." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 28 Jan. 2007. (Wilde, Polybius, criticism).
http://garciala.blogia.com/2007/012801-benefit-of-hindsight.php

_____. "Aragosaurus." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 13 March 2007.
http://garciala.blogia.com/2007/031302-aragosaurus.php

_____. "Síntesis iconográfica." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 18 March 2007. (Juan Manuel de Prada).
http://garciala.blogia.com/2007/031801-sintesis-iconografica.php

_____. "Poe-Tics of Topsight." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 26 April 2007.
http://garciala.blogia.com/2007/042601-poe-tics-of-topsight.php

_____. "Fata morgana." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 23 May 2007. (Ofra Haza, death, retrospection).
http://garciala.blogia.com/2007/052301-fata-morgana.php

_____. "Backwards." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 26 June 2007.
http://garciala.blogia.com/2007/062601-backwards.php

_____. "Next." Rev. of Lee Tamahori's film. In García Landa, Vanity Fea 5 August 2007.
http://garciala.blogia.com/2007/080501-next.php

_____. "I sit and watch the children play." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 10 August 2007. (Gray, The Rolling Stones, retrospection).
http://garciala.blogia.com/2007/081002-i-sit-and-watch-the-children-play.php

_____. "Reframing and Narrative Technique." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 11 August 2007.
http://garciala.blogia.com/2007/081101-reframing-and-narrative-technique.php

_____. "Back to the Beginning." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 19 Nov. 2007
http://garciala.blogia.com/2007/111901-back-to-the-beginning.php

_____. "Mañana habrá sido escrito." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 29 Jan. 2008. Rev. of Demain est écrit, by Pierre Bayard.
http://garciala.blogia.com/2008/012902-manana-habra-sido-escrito.php

_____. "El ángel de la Historia." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 29 March 2008.
http://garciala.blogia.com/2008/032901-el-angel-de-la-historia.php

_____. "El pánico narrativo." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 6 Feb. 2008. (Javier Marías).
http://garciala.blogia.com/2008/020601-el-panico-narrativo.php

_____. "Retrospective Prospections (Archaeologies of the Self)." (David Walton, Wilde). In García Landa, Vanity Fea 18 Feb. 2008.
http://garciala.blogia.com/2008/021802-retrospective-prospections-archaeologies-of-the-self-.php   

_____. "Negra espalda del tiempo." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 28 April 2008. (On Javier Marías's Academy speech, narrative and retrospection).   
http://garciala.blogia.com/2008/042802-negra-espalda-del-tiempo.php

_____. "The Self-Begettor." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 28 July 2008.
http://garciala.blogia.com/2008/072804-the-self-begettor.php

_____. "Retrospección, prospección, eternidad." In García Landa, Vanity Fea  24 Sept. 2008. (Borges).
http://garciala.blogia.com/2008/092401-retrospeccion-prospeccion-eternidad.php

_____. "Secretos, anagnórisis, retrospección, realidad." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 1 Oct. 2008.
 http://garciala.blogia.com/2008/100101-secretos-anagnorisis-retrospeccion-realidad.php

_____. "El mañana habrá sido escrito." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 7 Oct. 2008.
http://garciala.blogia.com/2008/100701-el-manana-habra-sido-escrito.php
   
_____. "Totalitarismo, historia retroactiva y control interiorizado." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 28 Feb. 2009.
http://garciala.blogia.com/2009/022801-totalitarismo-historia-retroactiva-y-control-interiorizado.php

 _____. "Especiación y retrospección: El diseño inteligente de Vladimir Nabokov." In García Landa, Vanity Fea  6 June 2009.
http://vanityfea.blogspot.com/2009/06/especiacion-y-retrospeccion-el-diseno.html

_____. "Prospecciones intertextuales." In García Landa, Vanity Fea  24 Aug. 2009. (Bayard, Le plagiat par anticipation).
http://vanityfea.blogspot.com/2009/08/prospecciones-intertextuales.html

_____. "Consiliencia y retrospección." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 12 Nov. 2009. (Gould, Whewell, Wilson, science, humanities).
http://vanityfea.blogspot.com/2009/11/consiliencia-y-retrospeccion.html

_____. "When We Know How the Story Turned Out." In García Landa, Vanity Fea 12  Dec. 2009. (Marc Pachter, retrospection, interviews).
http://vanityfea.blogspot.com/2009/12/when-we-know-how-story-turned-out.html

_____. "Imaginación, memoria y narración." In García Landa, Vanity Fea  15 Dec. 2009. (Rosa Montero).
http://vanityfea.blogspot.com/2009/12/imaginacion-memoria-y-narracion.html


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Addenda, 2012:

Further posts, news, articles and links related to retrospection and hindsight will be aggregated through this Scoop.it website:

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