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Throughout his oeuvre, Henri Meschonnic pursued language and literary studies as a means to better understand meaning-making processes and the functioning of society. By systematically establishing what Meschonnic called a poetics of society, this article explores the connection between a theory...
Henri Meschonnic criticized structuralist linguistics for assuming that progress lay with ever-increasing specialization, and for narrowing its scope to exclude the literary. For Meschonnic, a linguistics that does not take account of the poetic – particularly of rhythm – is closing its ears to...
I would like to start from a short proposition by Henri Meschonnic in his masterwork Critique du rythme – ‘La voix est relation’1 (‘The voice is relation’) – in order to propose a historical and relational anthropology of the voice. Such an anthropology necessarily passes through the poem, as a...
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...
This paper proposes that Meschonnic's writing, and particularly his writing on translation, does not do justice to the richly suggestive conceptual framework he constructs around the notion of ‘discourse’. It is perhaps peculiarly translation, at least in the version canvassed here, that reveals...
This very short text recounts my experience of translating Henri Meschonnic's essays, which combine the trials of poetry and the tribulations of texts in the humanities. I explain the reasons why I chose to translate Éthique et politique du traduire (2007) and touch on the relation between...
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