Chapter 4 is a reading of Susan Howe’s Pierce-Arrow through the lens of Peirce’s semiotics. It argues that the three sections of her book-length poem are keyed to Peirce’s three types of sign—the index, the icon, and the symbol. It features close readings of the poetry, locating references to Peirce in the latter’s works and arguing that the book in its entirety operates as an allegory for Peirce’s system of semiotics.
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