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Language in Time of Revolution$
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Benjamin Harshav

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780520079588

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520079588.001.0001

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The Individual

The Individual

(p.53) Eleven The Individual
Language in Time of Revolution

Benjamin Harshav

University of California Press

This chapter describes a situation in culture as a result of the interaction of two kinds of entities: social, cultural, and ideological trends and individual junctions. A junction is a cluster of and a selection from intersecting tendencies that constitute an autonomous existential unit, such as a text or a person. A text, however, is not simply a given intersection of relations, ideas, or poetic principles, but an individualized body of language, marked by partial coherence, and reader-dependent. In this sense, a person may be seen as a text, but unlike a text, he is open-ended in time, has the ability of shifting and changing, actively reshuffling his own hierarchies, reaching out for material from the outside, explicitly formulating experiences, and reunderstanding himself. In a person, furthermore, biological, physical, economic, and social aspects of existence are intermingled with ideational, linguistic, and semiotic elements.

Keywords:   culture, entities, trends, individual, text, person, language, existence

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