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In the Place of Language: Literature and the Architecture of the Referent

Claudia Brodsky


The “place” in the title of this book is the intersection of language with building, the marking, for future reference, of material constructions in the world. The “referent” the book describes is not something first found in nature and then named but a thing whose own origin joins language with materiality, a thing marked as it is made to begin with. The book develops a theory of the “referent” that is thus also a theory of the possibility of historical knowledge, one that undermines the conventional opposition of language to the real by theories of nominalism and materialism alike, no less t ... More

Keywords: referent, materiality, historical knowledge, nominalism, materialism, language-being, oblivion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780823230006
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823230006.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claudia Brodsky, author