is the use of coordination rather than subordination to link together clauses in sentences.
A seemingly capricious combination of elements points to an ironic subtext inscribed in Delano's work, expressed through the trope of parataxis
: "a serial order whose elements are linked differently than in the judgment" and "evade[s] the logical hierarchy of a subordinating syntax" (Adorno 1992, 131).
To many contemporary readers raised on parataxis
, the only thing somewhat jarring or overtly disruptive of "normative" language is the enjambment, in the case of "foot / Print" even breaking up a word.
"I had to take out a lot of subordinate clauses out and write more independent statements, to build through parataxis
. I had to shift the complexity from the syntax to images."
This archive's artefacts are dispersed among a range of servers, monitors, and hard drives across and beyond the Northern Territory, and it moves and takes shape in what can seem a kind of parataxis
, its videos, images, and cartoons drawn together on my own and my interlocutors' screens with the disjointed syntax of the list.
To use two of Alter's favorite examples: 1) Whereas Hebrew narrative typically repeats the same word over and over again, in cultured English we are taught to vary our vocabulary, and 2) Whereas educated English prose is constructed via hypotaxis, with strings of dependent or subordinate clauses (see, for example, the opening sentence of this review), ancient Hebrew prose is assembled via parataxis
, with one complete clause after another, linked by the conjunction "and."
Tolkien, to get around this problem, often incorporated rhetorical devices such as causal parataxis
and adversative asyndeton to suggest grammatical relationships without the requirement of an additional, meter-busting dip.
This textual study pairs nicely with Jitka Stollov's 'Plotting Parataxis
in Shirley's The Politician', which looks to Shirley's expansive character lists in Interregnum-era printed editions of his plays for information about characterization and authorial design.
, which assigns no priority to the elements it juxtaposes, "refuses to identify scale" or "to adjudicate on the problem of scale" (149), governs the shift in The Aran Islands "from first-person
That's called parataxis
, I remember from English classes.
Spivak has claimed of Jamaica Kincaid's Lucy that what "mainly happens in this novel is, I believe, parataxis
" (Aesthetic 354) and we could say the same for The Years.