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The Henri Meschonnic ReaderA Poetics of Society$
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Henri Meschonnic and Marko Pajevic

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474445962

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474445962.001.0001

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Critique of Rhythm

Critique of Rhythm

(p.53) Part 1 Critique of Rhythm
The Henri Meschonnic Reader
Marko Pajević, Pier-Pascale Boulanger, Andrew Eastman, John E. Joseph, David Nowell Smith, Marko Pajević, Chantal Wright
Edinburgh University Press

The four texts of this section are all taken from Meschonnic’s magnum opus Critique du rythme. Anthropologie historique du langage (Lagrasse: Verdier, 1982) in which he presented for the first time his overarching theory in a more systematic manner. The monograph lays out the main elements of his universe of thought, always with a clear focus on the key term of rhythm, which functions as the operator of subjectivity and historicity. Meschonnic positions himself against structuralism and as a critique of his time. The texts clarify Meschonnic’s understanding of the term ‘critique’ and what is a stake in his theory of rhythm. They exemplify his critique of metrics and of what he calls the thinking of the sign.

Keywords:   Critique, rhythm, metrics, sign, historicity, sense, discourse, semiotics, ‘signifiance’

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