A Hermaneutic Fantasy: Prolegomena to Any Past Zenoic Proverbialness
And now dear friend, I shall ask you to consider it possible to travel back through time upon the sedan chair of the imagination, so
passing through an infinite number of moments to at last settle into a
clear picture of what it is Zeno is saying, moreover with
true proverbialness. We move back from one moment to the next, but only
to encounter another moment, so on forever, as the number of moments is
infinite, and thus the proverbialness we seek remains perpetually an
unobtainable carrot at the end of an infinitely long stick.
(Kind thanks to Professor Hodges for allowing me to derive from his theoretical work on one-line poems the neologism "Zenoic Proverbialness.")
Carter Kaplan has taught in Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York City, and Scotland. His work includes a book on Wittgenstein and literary theory, Critical Synoptics: Menippean Satire and the Analysis of Intellectual Mythology. Articles on “Karel Čapek,” “Menippean Satire” and “Dystopian Literature” appear in The Encyclopedia of Literature and Politics. Articles on "Herman Melville" and "Michael Butterworth" appear in A Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes (which also has an article about him). He has contributed a chapter on William Blake and Michael Moorcock to New Boundaries in Political Science Fiction. Author of the novels Tally-Ho, Cornelius! and Echoes, and the Aristophanic comedy Diogenes. He edits the annual literary anthology Emanations. Editor of the IA edition of The Scarlet Letter, with his Afterword, "A" is for Antinomian: Theology and Politics in The Scarlet Letter. He is editor of the anthology Fantasy Worlds. He is co-translator and editor of Creation of the World by Torquato Tasso.