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REASONABLE FAILURE: 'Pearl' Considered as a Self-Consuming Artifact of "Gostly Porpose"
Howard V. Hendrix
Vol. 86, No. 4 (1985), pp. 458-466
Published by: Modern Language Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43343690
Page Count: 9
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The author here engages in a reader-response approach to the religious-allegorical poem Pearl. He argues that Pearl constitutes a special case of what Stanley Fish terms the "self-consuming artifact." Hendrix argues that Pearl is simultaneously self-consuming and self-satisfying in that — insofar as form and content can be divorced — it presents a self-consuming spiritual content in a self-satisfying alliterative form.
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