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An Archeology of Fragments

Department of English, The University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA
Humanities 2014, 3(4), 585-605; https://doi.org/10.3390/h3040585
Received: 15 August 2014 / Revised: 18 September 2014 / Accepted: 19 September 2014 / Published: 24 October 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Encounters between Literature and Philosophy)
This is a short (fragmentary) history of fragmentary writing from the German Romantics (F. W. Schlegel, Friedrich Hölderlin) to modern and contemporary concrete or visual poetry. Such writing is (often deliberately) a critique of the logic of subsumption that tries to assimilate whatever is singular and irreducible into totalities of various categorical or systematic sorts. Arguably, the fragment (parataxis) is the distinctive feature of literary Modernism, which is a rejection, not of what precedes it, but of what Max Weber called “the rationalization of the world” (or Modernity) whose aim is to keep everything, including all that is written, under surveillance and control. View Full-Text
Keywords: parataxis; German Romantics; Modernism v. Modernity; Gertrude Stein; Brazilian Noigrandes Group; experimental typography; concrete or visual poetry parataxis; German Romantics; Modernism v. Modernity; Gertrude Stein; Brazilian Noigrandes Group; experimental typography; concrete or visual poetry
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