Rhythm-Sense-Subject, or: The Dynamic Un/Enfolding of Sense

Nowell Smith, David (2018) Rhythm-Sense-Subject, or: The Dynamic Un/Enfolding of Sense. Comparative Critical Studies, 15 (3). pp. 349-367. ISSN 1744-1854

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This article traces Henri Meschonnic's concerted attempts to grasp the interaction rhythm-sense-subject, and situates this with the broader concerns of his work: the critique of ‘sign-thinking’, the elaboration of rhythm as le continu, his reflection on historical subjectivity. Meschonnic's thinking of rhythm is of an exigency from which he himself often shrinks back, notably through a series of equivocations (between language and sense, between rhythm as such and an individual rhythmic figure, between discourse as activity and an individual's discourse/idiom). The article focuses on these equivocations, and argues that within them we come to see the complexity, and mutability, of the rhythm-sense-subject interaction. It ends by proposing that we think the place of rhythm in this interaction in terms not of continuity/discontinuity, as per Meschonnic, but rather as a ‘dynamic unfolding/enfolding of sense’.

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Date Deposited: 10 May 2018 14:30
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2022 00:17
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/67024
DOI: 10.3366/ccs.2018.0300

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