The ghost's authority, an authority exerted upon the faculty of memory in the imperative formula "Remember me!," resides in physical resemblance as well as in its ability to communicate its difference in its changed condition, somehow askew (paralepsis
) but nevertheless effectively (During 1992: 206).
Heinz's category of "local paralepsis
" perhaps best describes the narration of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao in terms of the novel's relationship to fantastic events, since for the most part, the non-natural elements (the curse, the golden mongoose) are "contained within the natural frame," or unusual/unrealistic features of the narrative voice are contained within a narrative that is otherwise plausible, "a basically natural and realistic world," and in fact a historically recognizable one (p.
But the very insistence on prolepses and other narrative distortions such as paralepsis
(unnecessary but detailed information) and paralipsis (putting aside important information) only attest to the status of the story as a therapeutic construct that creates relations and bonds among the "story community".
Towards the end of the book Bazin declares that one of Frame's 'favourite linguistic weapons to suggest a reality she cannot bear to face or relate directly' is paralepsis
It is worth noting that this passage is a good example of paralepsis
: there is no way that, in a real-life situation, the teacher of languages would have been able to obtain all this information from his putative source: Razumov's written account.
Por eso, mezcla la pauca e multis con el occupatio o el paralepsis
, dos tropos que permiten que el ponente incluya un tema al decir que lo pasara por alto (Lanham 68).
But the claim proves mere paralepsis
, as Howells repeatedly returns to the fact of Dunbar's race, particularly the purity of his African blood undiluted by any white admixture, and so by implication, his artistry unattributable to any infusions of white intelligence.
Manfred Jahn calls first-person omniscience "paralepsis
" and defines it as an "infraction caused by saying too much; a narrator assuming a competence he/she does not properly have; typically, a first-person narrator (or a historiographer) narrating what somebody else thought, or what happened when s/he was not present" (<http://www.uni-koeln.de/~ame02/pppn.htm>).
Su tarea esencial consiste, en efecto, en la compleja mision de indagar y aclarar el proceso de recepcion y transmision (la paralepsis
y la paradosis), por medio de las cuales se sustancia, en el transcurso de los siglos, la razon de ser de la Iglesia.