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PresencePhilosophy, History, and Cultural Theory for the Twenty-First Century$
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Ranjan Ghosh and Ethan Kleinberg

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452208

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452208.001.0001

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Presence Continuous

(p.186) Epilogue

Ranjan Ghosh

Cornell University Press

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.

Keywords:   presence-continuous, mediation, negotiation, eventual transformation, postaesthetic of literature, transcultural presence, transcultural poetics

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