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Symbols: Forest of Ambiguity --- Maggie Kast | Numéro Cinq
Here's an essay by Maggie Kast that has the immense virtue of leaning, in part, upon a book I love, E. K. Brown's Rhythm in the Novel. Consider, especially, the section on the narrator as a symbol which, by implication, draws into focus the artful and artificial aspect of all narrative. And the section on words as arbitrary symbols (with the lovely George Szirtes quotations). And then begin to ask yourselves what is left that is not symbol.