Towardness


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The destruction of Crispus, a young prince of rare towardness, by Constantinus the Great, his father, was in like manner fatal to his house; for both Constantinus and Constance, his sons, died violent deaths; and Constantius, his other son, did little better; who died indeed of sickness, but after that Julianus had taken arms against him.
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Bartleby's story is described as "discourse of enunciative and affiliative plenum and a corporeal dynamics of towardness, openness, adherence, abidance, and circumambulation", and the character himself as "post-performative, post-scribal (as well as post-scripted), un-pretentious, 'anybody', which is to say as a positively existing in-dividual, a 'groundling'; in other words still--a salient human being" (Semrau 2009a: 99).

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