978-0-19-520222-9 / 9780195202229

On Difficulty and Other Essays


Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA



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The word 'frontier has two relevant senses. The topics discussed are at the forward edge of current thought and scholarship. They are not yet clearly or fully understood. And what needs to be done is to formulate questions about them in as sharp and fruitful a way as possible. Thus, there are papers in this book on the relations between erotic sensibility and linguistic conventions as they are reflected of obscured in literature, and on the virtually unexplored subject of the history an formal structure of inward speech, of the language-stream we direct towards ourselves. "Frontier" also aims to suggest that these essays locate their analyses and examples at those points where different disciplines and areas of study meet. The essay on difficulty deals with considerations which are simultaneously philosophical and literary. The initial comment on the current status of texts touches on political and sociological motifs. In several of these papers, there are attempts to clarify somewhat the intricate overlaps between linguistics, poetics and techniques of decipherment developed in psychoanalysis.

Text and Context (1976)
On Difficulty (1978)
Language and Psychoanalysis (1976)
The Distribution of Discourse(1978)
Eros and Idiom (1975)
Whorf, Chomsky, and the Student of Literature (1974)
Dante Now: The Gossip of Eternity (1976)
After the Book? (1972)

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