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tr.v. ex·pli·cat·ed, ex·pli·cat·ing, ex·pli·cates
To make clear the meaning of; explain. See Synonyms at explain.

[Latin explicāre, explicāt-, to unfold, explain : ex-, ex- + plicāre, to fold; see plek- in Indo-European roots.]

ex′pli·ca′tion n.
ex′pli·ca′tor n.
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"The 'Pretty' Lost Generation in Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises" Explicator 76.2 (Apr.-June 2018): 75-77.
"The Setting of McCarthy's The Road." Explicator 67.1 (2008): 11-13.
His essays have appeared in ANQ, Explicator, Hopkins Quarterly, Papers on Language and Literature, Persuasions, and the Yeats Eliot Review.
"Facing the Other: The Role of the 'White-Faced' Soldier in Walt Whitman's 'Reconciliation.'" Explicator 74 (2016), 192-195.
I wonder whether this, together with Mailer's portrayal of Sergius O'Shaugnessy, as Heather Braun says, as "an aloof ber-macho hipster" (226) is not a double dig: the first at O'Shaugnessy, and the second at American literature's most famous explicator of bullfighting--just a thought.
Thomas Jefferson, for example, was personally acquainted with Dugald Stewart, Reid's best disciple and explicator. Jefferson was converted by Stewart to the common sense philosophy of Reid and his school.
"Bierce's An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," Explicator 48 (1989): 37-38.
"Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Dante's Inferno." Explicator, vol.
Poet Jane Hirshfield, a passionate advocate and resourceful explicator of poetry, evokes the "mysterious quickening [that] inhabits the depths of any good poem" in this brilliant collection.
"Wordsworth's Tintern Abbey." Explicator 52 (1993-94): 151-53
(3) "Donne's 'The Primrose,"' Explicator, VII, Number 1 (October 1949), Item 4.