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date: 28 June 2022

Deixislocked

Deixislocked

  • Mary GalbraithMary GalbraithDepartment of English and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University

Summary

Deixis (adjectival form deictic) is the semiotic term for particularized space and time in embodied existence. This ever-present deictic field is both ordinary and unexplainable: how is it that this space and this body exist in this moment? The elemental semiotic function of calling attention to particulars from the perspectival orientation of a bodily self in time and space foregrounds such ineluctable properties as presence, immediacy, and the vulnerability of being, and is a central topic for philosophers, linguists, anthropologists, cognitive scientists, and literary theorists. Deixis is emerging as critical to foundational theory of the humanities and cognitive science, and the deictic imaginary is of particular significance to theories of literature and art.

Subjects

  • Fiction
  • 20th and 21st Century (1900-present)
  • Literary Theory

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