Egan, Kieran. “Ironic Understanding and Somatic Understanding”

Egan, Kieran. The Educated Mind: How Cognitive Tools Shape our Understanding, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1998. To remember: irony involves more than a perverse disguise of what might be better stated literally (137). It leads to a discussion of the kind of understanding that results from the breakdown or decay of general schemes ... … Continue reading Egan, Kieran. “Ironic Understanding and Somatic Understanding”

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Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. [Part I]

Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. New York, Hill and Wang, 2010. Summary: In the first half of Camera Lucida, Barthes unpacks the experiential reading of photography. Uninterested in empirical, rhetorical or aesthetic perspectives, he not only offers language for the affective photography experience, but also asserts that the sensations produced and received [and intra-acting] … Continue reading Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. [Part I]

Punctum: Reflections on Photography, edited by Séamus Kealy

Punctum: Reflections on Photography, edited by Séamus Kealy, Salzburg, Salzburger Kunstverein, 2014. Producing Punctum, Boris Groys Groys compares/contrasts Barthes's analysis of mother-referent photographs to Siegfried Kracauer's analysis of his grandmother's photos in Die Photographie (1927). For Kracauer, every photograph is merely, as he says, a general inventory of diverse fragments or details that lacks any inner unity … Continue reading Punctum: Reflections on Photography, edited by Séamus Kealy

Henry Louis Gates. “From the Signifying Monkey and the Language of Signifyin(g)”

[pooled notes with Meghan Phelps and Geneva Korytkowski] To remember: My movement, then, is from hermeneutics to rhetoric and semantics, only to return to hermeneutics once again (1551). If orientation prevails over madness, we soon realize that only the signifier [and not the sound] has been doubled and (re)doubled, a signifier in this instance that … Continue reading Henry Louis Gates. “From the Signifying Monkey and the Language of Signifyin(g)”

Nietzche. On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense

Nietzche, Friedrich. "On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense." The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings from Classical Times to the Present, edited by Patricia Bizzell and Bruce Herzberg, Boston & New York, Bedford/St. Martin's, 2001, pp. 1171-79. To remember: language is rhetoric (1169). The pride connected with knowing and sensing lies like a blinding fog over … Continue reading Nietzche. On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense

Dr. G, The Power of Language, Raciolinguistics and Multilingualism, or: The ‘Mis-education of the Negro’-And You too

at the MCEA/MiCWA 2016 conference this today, i embodied humble awe. i had the distinct honor of being in a room while Dr. Geneva Smitherman infused it with life and powerful truth. following her talk, i had the fortune to sit with her for a while to share how she has influenced some of my work and my … Continue reading Dr. G, The Power of Language, Raciolinguistics and Multilingualism, or: The ‘Mis-education of the Negro’-And You too