Poetics of Naming (cuRRents)

Melnyk, George

Published by The University of Alberta Press, 2003
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Synopsis: Literary historian and scholar George Melnyk engages the dynamic between truth, language, and personal identity. His intent is to take the reader to the limits of language and meaning, to face the wordless reality language tries to describe, and then to bring the reader back in a textual journey that confronts the personal and social dimensions of naming.

From the Back Cover: The power of language holds the world firmly in its grasp. The experience of being amazed-within and without-language is called poesis by author George Melnyk. In The Poetics of Naming, he conducts the reader on a philosophical, mystical, and poetic tour, exploring language as the ultimate metaphor, the shaper of all our meanings. At moments the text seems poignant, then whimsical. At other moments its words force us to the very edge of meaning, where we teeter over the abyss of meaninglessness. Sometimes the words of poesis are easy to traverse; sometimes they rise up insurmountable, impassable, awaiting a signpost that knows its secret ways. The writer guides us to the very edge of the poesis experience, where we stand at the furthest limit of language and look back on the ordinary world. That looking back on understanding establishes a distance between us and our everyday world, creating a field of vision where all the "beings" of our world seem far away and without meaning. In their place we sense only limitless being, where there are no boundaries, no shapes, no forms, no reality, as we normally understand it. Pure existence. Drawing on the work of Heidegger, Foucault, Gadamer, Derrida and Ricoeur, Melnyk weaves a mesmerizing text that resonates with a powerful drumbeat bringing us deeper and deeper into the very heart of language, where pure sound becomes an intoxicating wonder that calls us to escape into our deepest selves.

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Title: Poetics of Naming (cuRRents)
Publisher: The University of Alberta Press
Publication Date: 2003
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