An Archeology of Fragments
AbstractThis 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
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Bruns, G.L. An Archeology of Fragments. Humanities 2014, 3, 585-605.
Bruns GL. An Archeology of Fragments. Humanities. 2014; 3(4):585-605.Chicago/Turabian Style
Bruns, Gerald L. 2014. "An Archeology of Fragments." Humanities 3, no. 4: 585-605.