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Irony on OccasionFrom Schlegel and Kierkegaard to Derrida and de Man$
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Kevin Newmark

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823240128

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823240128.001.0001

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On Parole: Legacies of Saussure, Blanchot, and Paulhan

On Parole: Legacies of Saussure, Blanchot, and Paulhan

(p.223) Nine On Parole: Legacies of Saussure, Blanchot, and Paulhan
Irony on Occasion

Kevin Newmark

Fordham University Press

The inheritance of the German romantic “tradition” of irony by certain 20th-century French texts can become legible in the way such texts repeat the following question: what is the relation between thought and language? This chapter examines how such a question is addressed by Saussure's Course in General Linguistics as well as by texts by Maurice Blanchot and Jean Paulhan. Consideration of etymology as a privileged site for the interaction and potential interference between thought and language also discloses the ineluctably historical dimension of such questions. The etymological pretension to release for thought a “true” meaning obscured over time by language becomes at once a new intervention in the future history of meaning. Paulhan's Alain, Or Proof by Etymology and Blanchot's The Writing of the Disaster throw into sharp relief the difference between a historicity that results from ironic disruption and Heidegger's thinking of language and history as aletheia.

Keywords:   Saussure, Blanchot, Paulhan, Heidegger, Thought, Language, Etymology, Truth, History, Disruption, Aletheia

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