Saturday, February 21, 2015

xenia

«Now you and the author are in the same little boat cast away from the safety of finished things, and the way out is through the work itself. It belongs to each equally for that brief time, and as both of you focus on it sitting there in front of you, the "other" as critic -- the judging stranger -- is only in the periphery, comments about the piece are about the piece and not about either of you. This is the magic of the gift.» -- Writers Workshops & the Work of Making Things, p. 35

«Gifts are given without the expectation of direct gifts in return. By making your work a gift, you invite the reader into the circle of something akin to a family, and you can expect the spirit of xenia -- "a bond of solidarity manifesting itself in an exchange of goods and services" -- to take over interactions. A gift has both economic and spiritual content. It is personal. In giving a gift, the giver's goal is to become as empty as possible.»

Cf. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenia_(Greek)

Friday, February 20, 2015

outtake from a paper about computer poetry and aesthetic philosophy

Although it is beyond the scope of the current work to trace these
connections, we will remark that this view is connected with the
Bergson's perspectives on creative evolution, and to the genre of
philosophy that takes up these themes: running to Mead who offers a
generalised view of the social, to Bakhtin who develops the notion of
dialogue in a metalinguistic frame, and to Deleuze who develops an
ontology based on the idea of difference. These perspectives are
relevant to the interest we take here in emergence, polyvocality, and
learning by specifying and engaging with novel problems.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

the dominant

[Aside: The one place that Bakhtin uses Jakobson is to bring in the idea of "the dominant" -- from "Readings in Russian Poetics: Formalist and Structuralist Views" p. 82, "The dominant may be defined as the focusing component of a work of art: it rules, determines, and transforms the remaining components. It is the dominant which guarantees the integrity of the structure." Quoted in a translator footnote in the Dostoevsky book on page 13.]

Monday, February 16, 2015

discourse in dostoevsky

«We have entitled our chapter "Discourse in Dostoyevsky," for we have
in mind discourse, that is, language in its concrete living totality,
and not language as the specific object of linguistics, something
arrived at through a completely legitimate and necessary abstraction
from various aspects of the concrete life of the word. But precisely
those aspects in the life of the word that linguistics makes abstract
are, for our purposes, of primary importance. Therefore the analyses
that follow are not linguistic in the strict sense of the term. They
belong rather to metalinguistics, if we understand by that term the
study of those aspects in the life of the word, not yet shaped into
separate and specific disciplines, that exceed -- and completely
legitimately -- the boundaries of linguistics. Of course,
metalinguistic research cannot ignore linguistics and must make use of
its results. Lingustics and metalinguistics study one and the same
concrete, highly complex, and multi-faceted phenomenon, namely, the
word -- but they study it from various sides and various points of
view. They must complement one another, but they must not be
confused. In practice, the boundaries between them are very often
violated.»

M. Bakhtin, Problems of Dostoevsky's Poetics, p. 181