Echolalias: On the Forgetting of Languageby Daniel Heller-Roazen
A far-reaching philosophical investigation into the persistence and disappearance of speech, in individuals and in linguistic communities.See more details below
A far-reaching philosophical investigation into the persistence and disappearance of speech, in individuals and in linguistic communities.
Echolalias is a rare find a book about language where the language itself steers a course between the scholarly and the poetic. Difficult,
erudite, and full of luminous parables, it is worth multiple readings." nth position
"In short, I highly recommend Echolalias to the writer, the codeworker, the critic, anyone who works with language, who participates in the assumptions of language. It is brilliantly written, moves subtlety between cases, anecdotes, and cultural histories - through theoretical considerations -
while remaining close to the bone." Alan Sondheim
American Book Review
"This thought-provoking book contains a memorable aphorism by Kafka that could stand as its epigraph: 'I can swim just like the others. Only I have a better memory than the others. I have not forgotten the former inability to swim. But since
I have not forgotten it, being able to swim is of no help to me; and so, after all,
I cannot swim.'" London Review of Books
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- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
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Heller-Roazen's gorgeous prose strings together beads of dazzling example into a necklace of allusion. When have such important philosophical and philological arguments about the nature of language and such trenchant critiques been made with such graceful learning? With each turn of the page we pass from amnesia to anamnesis and back again. When we come to the end we awaken, like Circe's pigs, filled with regret that that adventure is over, but filled with a new wonder about human language, from its most humble letters to the heights of poetry. If you read this book, you will not easily forget it.
This book rebuilds whole worlds from the ravages of loss and forgetting, and also discreetly teaches us that there are no worlds that loss and forgetting do not beset.
"Daniel Heller-Roazen has written a magical and learned story of language. Here the life and death and never-ending mutability of languages, the babbling lost in the interstices of speech, the history of typographical marks, the mysteries of animal sounds and speech disorders, forgotten tongues and mother tongues, linguistic paradoxes and tragedies all acquire a brilliant and Ovidian intensity." Susan Stewart, author of Columbarium and Poetry and the Fate of the
Here the life and death and never-ending mutability of languages the babbling lost in the interstices of speech the history of typographical marks the mysteries of animal sounds and speech disorders forgotten tongues and mother tongues linguistic paradoxes and tragedies all acquire a brilliant and Ovidian intensity.
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