This concluding chapter reflects on the poetics of “presence” and the promise of the movement for scholarship to come. In a transcultural reading of literature presence is about mediation, negotiation, and eventual transformation. Morphogenetically, there is a continuity of presence—the presence-continuous—that keeps aesthetic experiences “tense.” This conjugality of presence and literature helps in forming the phenomenon this chapter terms “becoming aesthetic.” Presence works within the aesthetic and the postaesthetic of literature. Transculturally, beyond the compulsive duress of interpretation, our experiences of literature are brought home in a mix of unmethodicity and unacknowledged sociocultural influences that then work continuously and imperceptibly into our appreciation of the world or world-making.
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