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By Bruce Mitchell, Fred C. Robinson

Publish yr note: First released 1964

A accomplished advent to outdated English, combining easy, transparent philology with the easiest literary works to supply a compelling and available beginners' guide.

• offers a entire creation to outdated English
• makes use of a realistic strategy fitted to the wishes of the start student
• positive aspects decisions from the best works of previous English literature, equipped from basic to tougher texts to maintain velocity with the reader
• encompasses a dialogue of Anglo-Saxon literature, heritage, and tradition, and a bibliography directing readers to priceless courses at the subject
• up to date all through with new fabric together with the 1st 25 traces from Beowulf with exact annotation and a proof of Grimm's and Verner's laws

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For what language reveals is not a system of signs determined by pure difference but, rather, the impossibility of reconciling the divergent aspects of either language or the State, of reconciling, that is, their constative Nation and Discourse ✦ 17 and performative functions. The operative logic in this passage undermines, however, that impossibility, for it is explicitly metaphorical: the tension on the level of language is “duplicated” on the level of the State. De Man’s argument as a whole, and his discussion of metaphorical logic in particular, is in fact metaphorical through and through.

I thus set each moment within a series of rearticulations. I am more interested in the process of rearticulation than in explaining a particular case of rearticulation in light of other rearticulations. The value of such a reading is not so much in the “transference of meaning” between discursive moments, that is, in the way each instance redeploys meanings, practices, and rhetorical strategies produced elsewhere. Rather, its value lies in the cumulative effect of the recurrence of such discursive moments.

To recapitulate my earlier discussion, de Man’s “political” is directed against a metaphorical logic that in its reliance on terms of similarity, affi nity, analogy, and the like, elides the fundamental disparity of entities: whether set as parts and a whole or as of the same order, metaphorical logic obscures the irreducible singularity of entities as well as of the relationship between them. In other words, it contravenes their political articulation as radically estranged from each other. Yet, to read de Man in the context of the Ahad Ha-Am essay is ˙ also to point at the shortcomings of his argument.

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