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Jean-François Bert and Mathieu Potte-Bonneville

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816693238

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816693238.001.0001

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What Is the Language of Literature?

What Is the Language of Literature?

Chapter:
(p.66) Session 2 What Is the Language of Literature?
Source:
Language, Madness, and Desire
Author(s):

Michel Foucault

, Philippe Artières, Jean-François Bert, Mathieu Potte-Bonneville, Judith Revel, Robert Bononno
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816693238.003.0004

The second part of the lecture on literature includes a discussion of the work of the linguist Roman Jakobson and the theme of a “structural esotericism” capable of affecting the way language is encoded. The relationship of the literary work to criticism.

Keywords:   literature, French literature, madness, criticism, Raymond Roussel, Michel Leiris, Marquis de Sade, La Nouvelle Justine, truth and desire, philosophy

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