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Figures of Absence / Rhetoric of Emptiness

Author(s): Katarzyna Szalewska
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu w Białymstoku
Keywords: rhetoric; poetics; discursive techniques; performative turn;

Summary/Abstract: The paper analyzes the figures of absence, connected with both the rhetoric of emptiness and poetics of disappearance. It is moreover an attempt to classify the discursive techniques that aim to represent the textual “gone” (places that no longer exist, were destroyed, and those in which the subject is present no more). Attention is also devoted to performative dimension of writing, which produces the emptiness and, in this production, fills the void and introduces it into cultural network. The article explores literary examples from the 20th and 21st centuries.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 08
  • Page Range: 7-21
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Polish