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Shoshana Felman

The Scandal of the Speaking Body must be an update of The Literary Speech Act. Amazingly, we have the latter book in our library so I can recycle my old photocopy of it.

My notes in the margins, from the old days, say that promising turns out to be a big part of language (the book deals with Don Juan, that famous promiser). The performative is a different category of utterance than the constative; the constative utterance deals in truth and falsehood. The history of philosophy suggests that these are the only things at stake in language, but J. L. Austin says not.

There is a section starting on p. 92 called “Between Body and Language, or, What Is an Act?” Felman quotes a text of Mallarmé I have not read, “L’action restreinte,” where Mallarmé suggests that the act “is what leaves traces” (p. 93).

There are no traces without language, so there is no act without it, either. Mallarmé: “Your act always applies itself to paper.” Felman: “There is no act without linguistic inscription.”

Psychoanalysis also “explores acts as language effects” (p. 94), and a body according to Lacan “is speech arising as such” (“Le Symptôme,” qtd. in Felman, p. 94).

I should go on, but the point is to clear out files, not distract myself with new reading projects. Still I see why I held onto this photocopy for so long, and I clearly must study Felman.

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Linda Hutcheon

On the policy of recycling a file a day, which I do not always remember to follow, today I am recycling a photocopy of several chapters of Linda Hutcheon’s A Poetics of Postmodernism (Routledge, 1988). It is an intelligent book that I would like to read again — as a book, however, not as a photocopy. I see I have read it all. There is so much in it that I marked, and that is smart. I am tempted to replace the photocopy by buying the book forthwith.

We have it in the library. I am not used to our library having books.

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El nuevo sujeto del discurso poscolonial

A book we have to get.

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Bourdieu

To counter the students’ love of Paulo Coelho I am to assign Pierre Bourdieu, The Aristocracy of Culture and Distinction.

I am wondering, though: if an author is as popular as this, should we not perhaps teach him … ? What is literature? What kind of canon should I work to create or protect?

I had a professor who would not teach testimonio.

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La recherche

It does appear some days that my actual research program is not what I say it is, but is about the university itself.

It appears important to look at the definitions of what an “entrepreneurial” university are, and perhaps to distinguish between that and the idea of a “business model” for education, and then monetization — these things all flow together, or appear to do, but to what extent are they distinct and separate movements?

Also, a cursory glance at the bibliography on entrepreneurialization suggests it is strong, global, and well advanced, but there are also strong critiques of the student-as-consumer model.

The more I find out, the less I feel I know–as is usually the case. This critique of entrepreneurialization at Wisconsin covers a great deal of ground.

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What belongs to you

Making poems was a way of loving things, of preserving them, of living moments twice; or more than that, it was a way of living more fully, of bestowing on experience a richer meaning.

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Revista Hispánica Moderna

Clearly what I should read today: 68:1 (June 2015).

It has Nicholson on Moro, of course, but it is the issue as a whole that looks nice to me.

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