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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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(p.279) Part 5 Modernity
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 text of this section is taken from Henri Meschonnic’s Modernité Modernité (Lagrasse: Verdier, 1988). It constitutes the introduction to Meschonnic’s dealings with the debate on modernity and, by extension, on post-modernity. He thus attacks the strong post-modern movement of the time as a misconception of the modern, against which he accentuates the ongoing validity of a certain understanding of modernity, an understanding which operates beyond the categories of chronology and newness. The notion of modernity, as Meschonnic understands it after a rereading of Baudelaire and Rimbaud, overflows the binarism and couplings of the sign and shows its limitations. In Meschonnic’s definition, a critique of modernity implies an understanding of what a subject is.

Keywords:   Modernity, post-modernity, sign, subject

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