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Erin Graff Zivin

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823286829

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823286829.001.0001

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Misunderstanding Literature

Misunderstanding Literature

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(p.21) Misunderstanding Literature
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Anarchaeologies
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Erin Graff Zivin

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823286829.003.0002

Graff Zivin draws upon Jacques Rancière’s notion of literary misunderstanding—malentendu littéraire, which bears a formal compatibility to mésentente politique, or political dissensus or disagreement—in order to develop the first concept that structures this book, as well as the relation between literature, ethics, and politics. Here Graff Zivin turns to an understudied scene from Juan José Saer’s 1983 novel El entenado in order to consider a literary practice that performatively and constatively bears witness to the misunderstanding that constitutes the modern subject.

Keywords:   misunderstanding, Rancière, Jacques, Saer, Juan José

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