from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Lack of continuity, logical sequence, or cohesion.
- n. A break or gap.
- n. Geology A surface at which seismic wave velocities change.
- n. Mathematics A point at which a function is defined but is not continuous.
- n. Mathematics A point at which a function is undefined.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a lack of continuity, regularity or sequence; a break or gap
- n. a subterranean interface at which seismic velocities change
- n. a point in the range of a function at which it is undefined or not continuous
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Want of continuity or cohesion; disunion of parts.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fact or quality of being discontinuous; want of continuity or uninterrupted connection; disunion of parts; want of cohesion. See continuity.
- n. In mathematics, that character of a change which consists in a passage from one point, state, or value to another without passing through a continuously infinite series of intermediate points (see infinite); that character of a function which consists in an infinitesimal change of the variables not being everywhere accompanied by an infinitesimal change (including no change) of the function itself.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. lack of connection or continuity
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In point of fact, this may be all Don Gagliardi intends to suggest, and certainly one can agree that the attitude of rupture and discontinuity is a problem as well.
Part of the reason why the alphabetic organization of this novel doesn't finally add up to much more than a modestly entertaining exercise in controlled discontinuity is perhaps that the underlying narrative is so familiar.
The focus on discontinuity is also the result of the current general historiographical tendency that (after and against Braudel and the Annales) privileges, in historical interpretation, "the event," understood as discontinuity and a traumatic transformation.
This article will examine the academic study of English literature in the second quarter of the nineteenth century in order to suggest that literary scholars 'preference for metaphors of discontinuity is rooted in long-standing educational practices that have given the concept of literary culture its institutional form.
A different but comparable type of discontinuity is to be found in the story that climaxes his Neveryon sequence, "A Tale of Plagues and Carnivals", where events in his invented elsewhen are intercut with events in New York at the height of the AIDS epidemic.
But it would only be a discontinuity from a non-teleological perspective.
Of course, as I am sure you know it has been argued that this discontinuity is only apparent.
I think we should also consider the possibility that the discontinuity is real.
In this sense, de-Manian discontinuity is more radical "discontinuous" than discontinuity itself, that is, than any form of the discontinuous we can conceive of.
As will be seen, this discontinuity is epistemologically analogous to that of de Man's allegory and irony (there are further differences between both tropes), which serve de Man in his engagement with nonclassical epistemology, taken by him to, I would argue, just about the furthest reaches of its claim.