Respiteless


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Res´pite`less


a.1.Without respite.
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If, at the acme of the French Renaissance, Montaigne's "moi" subsists in an arena of unresolved indeterminacy, its code compelling its own respiteless vacillation, its own inveterate (semiotic) duplicity, there reverberates still in these literary "cantons" an all-encompassing, immutable poetics of selfhood.
As one wallows and jaunts along the deviant conduit which veers progressively further from communicative consonance and completedness, bestriding inadequacies of exchange, overrunning marked sequences of non-reciprocity, ultimately to posit enunciation as verbal copulation with self, one draws closer to the undertow configurations, to the veritable vertebrae of Guilleragues' Lettres portugaises.(13) Emblem of ego's vainglorious epistolarity, cartographer of its ever dislocated itinerary, mutilated transcription of a kind of respiteless monomania, this quintet of missives is cast in a network bereft of linear regularity.