fragmentariness


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frag·men·tar·y

 (frăg′mən-tĕr′ē)
adj.
Consisting of small, disconnected parts: a picture that emerges from fragmentary information.

frag′men·tar′i·ly (-târ′ə-lē) adv.
frag′men·tar′i·ness n.
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When I come to his connection with Blanche Stroeve I am exasperated by the fragmentariness of the facts at my disposal.
But this stupendous fragmentariness heightened the dreamlike strangeness of her bridal life.
Certainly he did not want to acknowledge that this is as "transparent" or as "invisible" as one can possibly get, a charge usually leveled at conventional continuity editing's erasure of the fragmentariness of the production process.
The Victorian archaeological discoveries that preceded Woolf's essay had the unintended result of heightening awareness of the fragmentariness of knowledge about ancient Greece.
The most radical response may be that adopted by Walter Schubler in his Nestroy: Eine Biographie in 30 Szenen (Salzburg: Residenz, 2001), in which the structure of 'biography' is fragmented to match the fragmentariness of the extant documentation.
His immersion in the literary past takes the form of a cultural utopia, a reconstruction of origins, bracketing fragmentariness in favour of cohesion.
It is not therefore surprising that Ottley should note "apparent fragmentariness" as one of the hallmarks of an Andrewes sermon--though at the same time, he admits that even this fragmentation contributes to the "wonderful freshness, strength, and terseness" of Andrewes's homiletic style.
He turns to Adorno's essay "Late Style in Beethoven" to expand on the fragmentariness of Beethoven's late work with its characteristic repetitiveness, carelessness, and distraction: Adorno's thesis is that all this is predicated on two considerations: first, that when he was young, Beethoven's work had been vigorous and organically whole, but became more wayward and eccentric: and second, that as an older man facing death, Beethoven realized that his work proclaims that "no synthesis is conceivable": it is in effect "the remains of a synthesis, the vestige of an individual human subject sorely aware of the wholeness, and consequently the survival, that has eluded it for ever." ...
(18) If James's writing, on travel and elsewhere, is predicated on the extent to which language, experience, and the natural world are inarticulate (in its original sense of not being connected or jointed), where better for the artist to be than in an Old World apparently so densely expressive, yet also populated by relics, ruins, and fragments that can be seen as corresponding to an aesthetic privileging fragmentariness and decay?
For a penetrating study of the fragment and fragmentariness in Pushkin's writing, see Monika Greenleaf, Pushkin and Romantic Fashion.
In the final chapter ('Frames of Experience'), Baer turns to Celan's resistance to collective memorialization with its attempts to totalize, integrate, mollify; it is the unassimilability of memory, its fragmentariness, its refusal to be historicized, that keep Celan's poetry unbearable and unclaimable.
Admirably preposterous, full of scattered brilliances, the spilled wreckage of the poem enacts the postmodern notion of the broken-off, the fragmentariness of history, language and consciousness.