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  1. Prehistoric Cave Art: From Image to Graphic Narration.Marc Azéma - 2021 - Paragraph 44 (3):379-393.
    This article examines cave art in France, arguing that the images created at many sites, but particularly Chauvet, can be analysed in terms of animation, storytelling, lighting and sound. Through superimposition and juxtaposition, and using the contours of the rock face, Palaeolithic artists invented a form of narration based on images, often then animated by the flickering light of lamps and torches. Drawing on semiological work by Philippe Sohet and his terms ‘narrative image’ and ‘iconic narration’, the article sees panels (...)
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  2. Leroi-Gourhan and the Evolution of Forms.Christopher Johnson - 2021 - Paragraph 44 (3):296-333.
    The prehistorian André Leroi-Gourhan envisages technological behaviour along a continuum of manual activity extending to artistic production. His work on Palaeolithic cave art, which dominates the...
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    ‘La Main Négative’: Limit-Case and Primal Scene of Art.Johanna Malt - 2021 - Paragraph 44 (3):349-363.
    Negative handprints or hand-stencils, which occur in many prehistoric sites around the world, occupy a particular place in accounts of rock art. Although they frequently occur alongside paintings, their indexical status as imprints leads them to be treated separately from other types of representations that are more easily accepted as such. This article argues that the negative handprint operates as a kind of limit-case for definitions of art. I examine how it has given rise to imagined scenarios of making — (...)
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  4. Introduction.Bill Marshall - 2021 - Paragraph 44 (3):273-279.
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    The Grotte du Renne, Leroi-Gourhan and Flaubert's La Légende de Saint Julien l'Hospitalier (1877): The Question of ‘Préhistoire(s)’ to Delimit the Human.Mary Orr - 2021 - Paragraph 44 (3):334-348.
    This article reconsiders the important work of Leroi-Gourhan through the lens of Christopher Johnson's ‘Leroi-Gourhan and the Limits of the Human’ by returning to the context of French prehistory of the 1860s that lies behind Leroi-Gourhan's discoveries and interpretations of hominid remains and artefacts in the Grotte du Renne. The Exposition universelle of 1867 and French publications of the period capture the importance of ‘préhistoire’ for Second Empire France materialized in Napoleon III's establishment at Saint-Germain-en-Laye of the first national Musée (...)
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    Palaeo or Neo? Bataille, Lévi-Strauss and the Rewriting of Prehistory.Michèle Richman - 2021 - Paragraph 44 (3):280-295.
    This article's polemical thrust begins with Georges Bataille's 1956 critique of Tristes Tropiques, where Lévi-Strauss omits the Palaeolithic while extolling the Neolithic advent of agriculture and sedentism. Whereas Lévi-Strauss describes his own thinking as Neolithic, he characterizes it in ways that resemble the behaviour of hunter-gatherers and nomads. I trace this contradiction to current scholarship willing to challenge the long-standing narrative bias that either ignores the Palaeolithic and/or derides it in favour of the Neolithic, now subject to refutations of its (...)
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    The Great Prehistoric Art Swindle: André Breton and Palaeolithic Cave Painting.Douglas Smith - 2021 - Paragraph 44 (3):364-378.
    At Pech Merle in 1952, André Breton provoked a controversial incident by damaging a Palaeolithic wall painting that he suspected to be a fake. This episode provides an insight into the contested status of prehistoric sites in post-war France and the theoretical and ideological implications of their cultural mobilization. Such sites allowed for a disavowal of wartime trauma and supported the reaffirmation of French national identity and its civilizing mission by locating the birthplace of human culture on French soil. Yet (...)
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    The Vertigos of Coining: ‘Michel Houellebecq’, Or, What Names Remain(S)?James Dutton - 2021 - Paragraph 44 (2):141-156.
    Writing remains. One could argue that it is precisely because of this uncanny and unpredictable survival that inscription holds an inextricable influence on culture. Deconstructive theory posits this as the ‘biodegradability’ of writing — that culture consumes writing's intended meaning, employing it as fuel for its own survival. In this article, I argue for Michel Houellebecq's awareness of this survival, suggesting that his texts stage their — and their author's — own biodegradability to interweave truth and fiction. Particularly, he utilizes (...)
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    The Wounds of Rhetoric: Derrida on Condillac and Rousseau.Sean Gaston - 2021 - Paragraph 44 (2):192-213.
    The publication of Derrida's fragment Le Calcul des langues — Distyle offers an insight into Derrida's negotiation with empiricism and his rethinking of rhetoric in the early 1970s. Delineating Condillac's pervasive idealization of empiricism, Derrida gestures to a pain-becoming-pleasure and pleasure-becoming-pain that resists the fixed identity of the proper body. His emphasis on the pains and wounds of rhetoric registers both the limits of Condillac's philosophical project and the possibility of another kind of empiricism, of the gaps that border on (...)
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    Rhetoric and Rhythm — Derrida, Nancy and the Poetics of Drawing.Thomas Gould - 2021 - Paragraph 44 (2):157-175.
    Opening with a consideration of the distribution of the two graphic acts — drawing and writing — this article offers a comparative study of Jacques Derrida's and Jean-Luc Nancy's respective exhibitions and catalogue essays on the subject of drawing. Through a comparative examination of what I take to be their central theoretical contributions to the study of drawing — Derrida its ‘rhetoric’, Nancy its ‘rhythm’ — this article moves on to suggest how these concepts inform a theory of poetic lineation.
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    Listening Through Language: Jean-Luc Nancy and Pierre Schaeffer.Igor R. Reyner - 2021 - Paragraph 44 (2):176-191.
    This article addresses the role of auditory-related verbs in the work of Jean-Luc Nancy and Pierre Schaeffer in order to shed light on a broader tendency in French thought. Through a comparative reading of the ways in which Nancy, in Listening, and Schaeffer, in Treatise on Musical Objects, mobilize verbs such as écouter and entendre, I connect the issue of language to debates about descriptive and prescriptive approaches towards listening. Drawing on the Dictionary of Untranslatables, I argue that Nancy's and (...)
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    The Logician of Madness: Fanon's Lacan.Sinan Richards - 2021 - Paragraph 44 (2):214-237.
    In recent years, commentators have begun to re-examine the proximity of Frantz Fanon's and Jacques Lacan's work — a proximity which has traditionally been underappreciated. This article adds to these voices, demonstrating the reciprocal intellectual relationship between these two figures. It develops five interrelated arguments to chart this proximity. First, it emphasizes Lacan's and Fanon's connections through their ontological perspectives on madness. Second, it arbitrates the two theorists’ criticisms of the limits of Western psychoanalysis. Third, it shows the importance placed (...)
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    The Ordinary Contested, Laruelle Contra Deleuze and Guattari.Andrew Sackin-Poll - 2021 - Paragraph 44 (2):238-256.
    This article addresses the question of the relationship between corporeality and the ordinary in the works of François Laruelle. This is done through the formulation of the ‘ordinary body’ that draws from across Laruelle's work on the ordinary, corporeality and photography in order to outline Laruelle's radically immanent account of embodiment. The critical outline of Laruellean corporeality and the ordinary body is drawn out via a critical posing of Laruelle in contrast to Deleuze and Guattari. In doing so, the article (...)
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    Nathalie Sarraute on the Brink.Naomi Toth - 2021 - Paragraph 44 (2):257-269.
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    Introduction.Jacob Bates-Firth & John McKeane - 2021 - Paragraph 44 (1):1-10.
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    Kofman's Affirmative Creation: Moral Law, Dom Juan and the Limits of Maternal Debt.Cillian Ó Fathaigh - 2021 - Paragraph 44 (1):11-25.
    This article considers Sarah Kofman's interpretation of Molière's Dom Juan in ‘The art of not paying one's debts’. It argues that this neglected text addresses important questions of moral debt and...
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    The Margins of a Nightmare.Joseph R. Johnson - 2021 - Paragraph 44 (1):88-102.
    A pivotal fusion of philosophy and life-writing, Sarah Kofman's Comment s'en sortir? concludes with a highly experimental essay that uses medieval language as a means of recalling traumatic...
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    And Yet It Quakes!Sarah Kofman - 2021 - Paragraph 44 (1):117-137.
    One of a handful of texts written by Sarah Kofman in the interim between the publication of her Explosion, a 700-page analysis of Ecce Homo, and her sudden death in 1994, ‘And Yet It Q...
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    Of Metals and Men: Kofman, Conversion and The Merchant of Venice.Duncan Large - 2021 - Paragraph 44 (1):26-40.
    Mindful that philosophy is for Kofman always sublated by literature and psychoanalysis, this essay examines Kofman's rarely discussed text ‘Conversions: The Merchant of Venice under the Si...
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    Reading Derrida Reading Kofman.Ginette Michaud - 2021 - Paragraph 44 (1):41-57.
    This article examines the relationship that Jacques Derrida and Sarah Kofman developed throughout their lifetimes, both as close friends and as philosophers who shared many common research interest...
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    Freud's Jewish Jokes: The Case of Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious.Elizabeth Rottenberg - 2021 - Paragraph 44 (1):103-116.
    What is at play in play? What does it mean to take play seriously? Or, in the case of Sigmund Freud, what does it means to take jokes seriously? This article argues that Sarah Kofman's reading of J...
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    Derrida's Missing Woman.Charlotte Thevenet - 2021 - Paragraph 44 (1):58-72.
    Since Sarah Kofman's death in 1994, many critics have investigated her friendship with Jacques Derrida, and have tried to make sense of its striking dissymmetry. Contrary to those merely deeming Ko...
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    Sarah Kofman and the Allure of Music.Cosmin Toma - 2021 - Paragraph 44 (1):73-87.
    This article delves into the discreet yet persistent presence of music in Sarah Kofman's work. Three strands or movements of unequal length are explored here, each of which touches upon a specific...
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