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who were your lovers? who were they who wrestled foryou in the dust?

which was the vessel of your lust? what leman hadyou, every day?

did giant lizards come and crouch before you on thereedy banks?

did gryphons with great metal flanks leap on you inyour trampled couch?

did monstrous hippopotami come sidling toward you inthe mist?

did gilt-scaled dragons writhe and twist withpassion as you passed them by ?

.... or did you love the god of flies who plagued thehebrew and was splashed

with wine unto the waist ? or pasht, who had greenberyls for her eyes?

or that young god, the tyrian, who was more amorousthan the dove

of ashtaroth? or did you love the god of theassyrian...

These questions are a virtual index of nineteenth- century Orientalist mythology. Yet here they only point up the " songless tongueless " condition of the sphinx and draw our attention to the massive ironythat, for all the breadth of the Orientalist pseudo-knowledge employed by the speaker, the sphinx finally remains as silent and unknown as at the beginning.The monologue’s speaker proceeds on the assumption that if he employs the right hermeneutic, the sphinx will finally yield its truth. Like the practical critiche is, he assumes that the sphinx contains its own meanings and can be glossed (both in the sense of having its truth revealed by way of attached commentary, and in the more medieval sense of glozed or "peered into"). But these assumptions only lead to his intellectual and psychological breakdown(" get hence, you loathsome mystery!.../ you make my creed a barren sham, you wake fouldreams of sensual life "); the excesses of Orientalist myth, projected onto thesphinx as " poisonous melodies, " are finally no match for the " steadfast gaze " and " sullen ways " of the object he faces. So the sphinx remains as much a" loathsome mystery " at the poem's end, at which point superstition has usurpedthe speaker’s will to knowledge, as it was at the beginning.

At this level, the poem can be read as about archaeological knowledge itself, at least as put to use within a late-VictorianOrientalist context. The sphinx then represents the absolute object faced by the archaeologist (the "relic"), ultimately indifferent to the scholar’s naiveattempts to appropriate it to a mythologically inflected historicism. The breakdown faced by the poem's speaker, according to this account, represents thecollapse faced by Orientalist knowledge itself, and it must have been one with which many nineteenth-century Egyptologists and Orientalists werefamiliar.

But as Henley’s review of the poem demonstrates, the processes of reading also frequently break down when readers of The Sphinx misconstrue the striking format of the 1894 book. And just as the speaker’s imagined resuscitation of the sphinxinvolves a willful blindness to its somnolence or “ statuesque ” objectivity, a certain deafness to its unyielding silence, so reading the poem involves acertain blindness to the material and visual “distractions” offered by the book’s illustrations, decorations, type-design and paper. For these featuresdeclare their parity or integrity with the poem itself, at every turn of the page, without ever threatening to overwhelm it. They embody what Jerome McGannwould call the poem’s “textual condition.” When we take these features into account, the book enacts an archaeological problematic very similar to the one played out at the poem’s semantic level. Just as the silent curio in the dimcorner of the speaker’s room points up all the more sharply the “excess” implicit in his mythic constructions of it, so the book’s decorations short-circuit the customary processes of reading, making self-conscious our desire to consume or to interpret the poem, as if the poem were somehow conscious of thehistorical problem posed by the event of its own reading. In this sense, The Sphinx constructs itself as a relic even as its archaeological “referent” recedes from view.

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Adin Reply
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Damian Reply
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Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
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nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
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Damian Reply
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s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
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Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
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of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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