Cf: Inquiry Driven Systems • Comment 6
Re: Peter Cameron
::: Publication : An Author's View
It's funny you should mention Tennyson's poem in the context of
an author's view of publication since I once laid out a detailed
interpretation of the poem as a metaphor on the poet's quest to
communicate. I know I wrote a shorter, sweeter essay on that
somewhere I can't find right now but here's one of my more
turgid dilatations where I used the poem as an “epitext” —
a connected series of epigraphs — for a discussion of what
I called Ostensibly Recursive Texts (ORTs).
🙞 Inquiry Driven Systems • The Informal Context
Tennyson's poem The Lady of Shalott is akin to an ORT, but a bit more remote,
since the name styled as “The Lady of Shalott”, that the author invokes over
the course of the text, is not at first sight the title of a poem, but a title
its character adopts and afterwards adapts as the name of a boat. It is only on
a deeper reading that this text can be related to or transformed into a proper ORT.
Operating on a general principle of interpretation, the reader is entitled to suspect
the author is trying to say something about himself, his life, and his work, and that
he is likely to be exploiting for this purpose the figure of his ostensible character
and the vehicle of his manifest text. If this is an aspect of the author's intention,
whether conscious or unconscious, then the reader has a right to expect several forms
of analogy are key to understanding the full intention of the text.