Literature and the Touch of the Real

University of Delaware Press
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Literature and the Touch of the Real offers a critique of neo-Saussurean theories of the constitution of the world through language or the essential divorce of language from the real. It does this by, first, offering a critical account of the contradictions and omissions of Saussure's Course in General Linguistics. Secondly, in a revisionist reading of Jacques Derrida, it argues that far from reducing reality to language, Derrida's concept of the text in fact argues that the world cannot be eradicated from the linguistic. Thirdly, it offers an account of Ludwig Wittgenstein's concepts of grammar, criteria, aspect perception, and language-games that reintegrates language and the world while avoiding the instrumentalist pitfalls of realism and empiricism.
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About the author

David Schalkwyk is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Cape Town. He has published on Shakespeare, literary theory, philosophy, and South African literature in the Shakespeare Quarterly, English Literary Renaissance, the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Pretexts, Linguistic Sciences, Textus, and the Journal of Literary Studies.

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University of Delaware Press
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Dec 31, 2004
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Language Arts & Disciplines / General
Language Arts & Disciplines / Rhetoric
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