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Language and Relation: -- That There Is Language

Christopher Fynsk
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c1996.
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Language & relation
0804727139 (acid-free paper), 9780804727136 (acid-free paper), 0804727147 (pbk. : acid-free paper), 9780804727143 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
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Pursing the ontological and ethical dimensions of language, the book engages such topics as: language and materiality, language and history, language and existence. It asks what is given to thought in an experience with language (an experience of the fact that there is language), and what it means to think and write from this event. It attends to the strangeness of both literature and philosophy when they engage language itself, and moves cautiously toward a non-foundational understanding of the material and historical ground of relation.
  • ...that there is language
  • Pt. I. Heidegger. 1. Noise at the Threshold. 2. In the Name of Language. 3. Free Use of the Proper
  • Pt. II. Celan. 4. The Realities at Stake in a Poem
  • Pt. III. Irigaray. 5. An Exquisite Crisis
  • Pt. IV. Benjamin. 6. Translation as a Concept of Relation. 7. The Presentation of Allegory. 8. The Claim of History
  • Pt. V. Bianchot. 9. Crossing the Threshold: On "Literature and the Right to Death" 10. On Death Sentence: The Exigency of Another Relation
  • The Lightning Field.
xi, 317 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [277]-311) and index.
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