exegesis and i

Here’s Paul Magee on academics, artworks and saying “I”:

We have long been accustomed to criticising (Adorno & Horkheimer 1972) and/or defending (Giddens 1993: 47) academic discourse on the grounds of its claim to impersonal objectivity. Lacan suggests that this is just a ruse: what is essential to the academic is to be able to say or imply ‘I’, responsibly. A painting does not say ‘I’ in any accountable sense, and nor does a poem. An exegesis offers that ‘I’, albeit intolerably contradictorily when judged in amalgam with an artwork. For an artwork is judged, as much as for any other reason, by dint of its capacity to void that very same imaginary totality ‘I’.

Which is why it could not be counted as research in its own right. Or so people must have intuited.

– Paul Magee, “Introduction. Part 1: Beyond Accountability?.” Text. October, 2012. http://www.textjournal.com.au/speciss/issue14/Magee%20(Intro%201).pdf, p.5


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