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Inceptions: Literary Beginnings and Contingencies of Form

Kevin Ohi


The beginning is both internal and external to the text it initiates, and that non-coincidence points to the text’s vexed relation with its outside. Hence the non-trivial self-reflexivity of any textual beginning, which must bear witness to the self-grounding quality of the literary work—its inability either to comprise its inception or to externalize it in an authorizing exteriority. In a different but related way does the fact that they must render our lives and our desires opaque to us; what Freud called “latency” marks not only sexuality but human thought with a self-division shaped by asy ... More

Keywords: beginnings, birth, close reading, contingency, ethics, inception, literary form, origins, potentiality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780823294626
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823294626.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin Ohi, author
Boston College

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