Language Arts

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Language and Art share many similar tendencies. In language, as with earlier forms of Art, representation plays a large role. Language acts as a representation of some elaborate envisioned concept(s), Writing as a representation of a sounded phonic language, and Art as a representation of some subject(s). Within these mediums exist elements that make Art and Language and, by extension, Writing successful. ese are the signifiers. e signifiers are built imperfectly, they summon up signs other than those intended based on frequency of usage, misusage and place contextually. ey are influenced by a multitude of extra-textual forces. It is from these axioms, that Structuralism and thence, Deconstructivism take form. Jacques Derrida…show more content…
e essence remains ‘wanting’ and exists always in some transcendental plane. Art and Philosophy aim to defamiliarise the viewer or reader to some established norm. Philosophy aims to describe things that are fundamental nature of ’knowledge, existence and ethics’ (Webster’s Online Dictionary), things that are inherently difficult to explain in plain language. It is only through a complex system of resonance between signs that philosophy can be successful and hone the right tone of capturing a desired essence. e abandoned sired signs are le to the side, defamiliarised and alienated to yield a complete perception of one concept at the sacrifice of several. F. S. Hussain / ENGL411. (Begley) / 1. Différance as de-familiarisation (19th Feb. ’10) 3 Derrida’s essay, for example, wishes to point out how différance in signs can point to something completely extra-textual. All of his references that he ”sacrifices” to produce a value of différance are outside and pre-produced. In the same vein, Art wishes to hone the viewer’s attention to some smaller aspect of the larger canvas or something completely outside. Take Picasso’s 1937 painting La Guernica, the aesthetic aim was for the signifiers (the magnified Cubist heads) to signify the terror of the Spanish Civil War, an action completely extra-textual. In Literature, the works of James Joyce invoke something outside of the discourse. ‘Ivy Day in the Committee Room’ from e Dubliners

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