"His paintings combine mark-making and asemantic
writing to produce something wholly mystical," she says.
The photographs present a number of themes that will predominate in the writings that follow them: a dispirited, almost humorless irony, the avoidance of temporal succession or spatial specificity, ambiguity about pertinence and belonging, the abstention from or derangement of proper names, and an impoverishment of affect, rendered jarringly apparent in what Nicolas Bouyssi calls the "asemantic
" faces of Leves subjects.
Attending primarily to the nature of ambiguity itself, it examines, by way of a consideration of close reading, the neglected question of the reader's desire and ability to perceive ambiguity, and then, via Jakobson, considers the "literary" as a matter of what "Art" adds, and what it is that may generate this essentially non- or asemantic
cross-current in a text.
In the Cage tribute, the lists are asemantic
through-lines set contra-puntally against larger blocks of text that adopt the rhetoric of exposition (though not its goals).
An experiment in abstract or nonrepresentational drama." (7) If what we refer to as representation in a play is here revealed to be asemantic
, language grown autonomous, then the play--which does not disappear in this autonomizing process--can do nothing else but represent itself.
So a feminist philosophy of vocal expression is chiefly a philosophy of the female voice, a crossing of myths, philosophical narratives, and literary representations, a journey, step-by-step, from the vindication of the lost, corporeal, asemantic features of voice to new political issues.
The Bible and Greek thought are paired as sources of Western philosophy; but the Jewish tradition maintains a stricter connection with the physical act of breathing in its representation of vocality and conceives voice as a sign of the prelogical and asemantic qualities of the living being.
It is Stockhausen's declared and forcefully sought-after goal to overcome, through an ingenious preplanned structuring of the parameters, the asemantic
formalism which was paired with the omnipresent system of arithmetic serial construction.
This latter, idealistic stance could be regarded as a position diametrically opposed to the basically materialistic (asemantic
) stance of "form-oriented linguistics", wherea s the semiotic position of "sign-oriented linguistics" might be viewed as a compromise between these two, but is rejected by both of them, although for different reasons.
156-77), in which Boltz presents a thesis about the potentiality of the development of an asemantic
writing system in China, a development that was prevented by a world-view that definitively fixed Chinese script in its logographic nature by "reinforcing the bonds of the graphic-phonetic-semantic trinity" (p.
The most interesting discussions of musical ambiguity are concerned with content and textuality rather than syntax; the sort of ambivalence valued by the symbolist poets, according to Jarocinski, arose from music's apparently asemantic