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Echolalia of the recursive gene, the precursive seen enacting as a performative value to which acting becomes its own procedure led device.
(26) My hint that this compelling and finely-cadenced passage is a variant on graveyard poetry (precursive sub-genre of the Gothic) is strengthened by the fact that Joseph had already published a meditative elegiac poem with the same setting, 'Elegy on the Unburied Dead (Groesbeek, 1945),' published in Imaginary Islands (1950).
It is the building of the new by assimilating precursive work and reconceiving established paths of thought and study in response to the yields of research in the field.
It would be naive to assume the zesty hopefulness of the Ottawa Charter, but there are still reasons to embrace Gramsci's oft-cited 'optimism of the will,' a 1929 dictum coined in a precursive period to the economic and political crises of our current time.
In protogynous goby species in which individuals shift unidirectionally from ova to sperm production, the AGS that develop during sexual transition arise from precursive accessory gonadal structures (pAGS) associated with the ovary (Cole, 1988).
Her diagnosis seems most plausible, if still quite conjectural, in relation to the mysterious illness EBB experienced in adolescence and the feelings of recurrent weakness she registers in her 1831-32 diary, especially the "horrible dead precursive feeling" she describes feeling "all thro' my hands & feet" (cited, p.
Wherever a desired result is achieved by the co-operation of many independent persons, its existence as a fact is a pure consequence of the precursive faith in one another of those immediately concerned.
The anacreontic lyric is an example of non-canonical writing that is not subversive of the canon, but rather a significant precursive formation of canonical literature: "minor forms like the Anacreontic--a major tradition of minor writing, in this case should alert us to the complexities of ferment within and to the competitive struggle that ruffles and animates greater writing" (218).