Ostensibility


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Os`ten`si`bil´i`ty


n.1.The quality or state of being ostensible.
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(Here Guyton's works would seem to perform themselves as decoys inciting the urge for art-historical rollcalling--a kind of bald "ostensibility" that might appear all too well attuned to the current vogue for generic "appropriative" gestures.) Taken together, however, these qualities imply an awareness that a work of art's motioning toward another that came before it does not necessarily bear out much meaning; and an assumption that the binary poles of pining homage and violent erasure are the only two ways to read such allusions is just another mode of marketing.
Webster's initial definition of "ostensible" is "capable of being shown, presentable." But the heart of ostensibility lies in the relationship of what is shown to empirical proof; the best definition of Berg's "ostensible" given by Webster's is "professing genuineness and sincerity but often concealing the real aspects behind a plausible facade." Mariane's authorship is only a facade--in all probability; yet somehow Berg's "probably only ostensibly" leads into the assumption that one can read as if a woman had written these letters.