Thursday, March 17, 2005

Thursday March 17, 2005

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Readings for
St. Patrick's Day

Time of this entry: 12:00:36 PM.


"Here the climax of the darkening is reached. The dark power at first held so high a place that it could wound all who were on the side of good and of the light. But in the end it perishes of its own darkness, for evil must itself fall at the very moment when it has wholly overcome the good, and thus consumed the energy to which it owed its duration."

  1. A commentary on "Darkening of the Light," the I Ching, Hexagram 36:
  2. Darkness at Noon, by Arthur Koestler
  3. Under Western Eyes, by Joseph Conrad
  4. Narrativity: Theory and Practice, by Philip John Moore Sturgess

    Sturgess's book deals with the narrative logic of the above novels by Koestler and Conrad, as well as some Irish material:

    Narrativity: Theory and Practice
    Pt. I The Theory of Narrativity  
      Introduction 3
    1 Narrativity and its Definitions 5
    2 A Logic of Narrativity 28
    3 Narrativity and Double Logics 68
    4 Narrativity and the Case against Contradiction 93
    5 Narrativity, Structure, and Spatial Form 117
    6 Narrativity and the French Perspective 139
    Pt. II The Practice of Narrativity  
      Introduction 161
    7 The Logic of Duplicity and Design in Under Western Eyes 166
    8 A Story of Narrativity in Ulysses 189
    9 Narrative Despotism and Metafictional Mastery: The Case of Flann O'Brien's At Swim-Two-Birds 235
    10 A Double Logic and the Nightmare of Reason: Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noon 260
      Conclusion. A Reading of Maria Edgeworth's Castle Rackrent 287
      Bibliography and Further Reading 312
      Index 317

These readings are in opposition to the works of Barbara Johnson published by Harvard University Press.

For some background, see The Shining of May 29 (JFK's birthday).

Discussion question:
In the previous entry, who represents the
Hexagram 36 "dark power" Matory or Summers?


  1. Under Western Eyes is one of the few Conrad works I haven’t picked up and pored through. For some reason I always associate the book with Ford Madox Ford.

    Comment by stephenhoy — Friday, March 18, 2005 @ 12:38 AM

  2. I’m sure you realize I haven’t picked up anything about hexagrams, really. But the dark power is surely Summers 🙂

    Comment by Margita — Saturday, March 19, 2005 @ 11:29 AM

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