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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

Chapter:
(p.53) Part 1 Critique of Rhythm
Source:
The Henri Meschonnic Reader
Author(s):
Marko Pajević, Pier-Pascale Boulanger, Andrew Eastman, John E. Joseph, David Nowell Smith, Marko Pajević, Chantal Wright
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474445962.003.0005

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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