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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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Historicity and Society

Historicity and Society

(p.291) Part 6 Historicity and Society
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 three texts of this chapter are taken from the posthumous volume Langage, Histoire, une même théorie (Lagrasse: Verdier, 2012). They represent the ambition of Meschonnic’s work from its very beginning, that is, to develop a theory of language that establishes a new basis for all the humanities and social sciences by overthrowing the reign of the sign in our episteme. He focuses here on the connection between language and history through his notion of historicity which is a situatedness that constantly leaves this situation and remains active in the presence. Only poetics, an awareness of what language is and does, he argues, enables to think beyond the sign and to develop a critical theory, that is, a theory aware of its situatedness. Meschonnic connects language to historicity, the political and the ethical.

Keywords:   Historicity, poetics of society, sign, critical theory, the political, the ethical, realism/nominalism

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