The Natural Void

  • Cameron MacKenzie
Part of the Pivotal Studies in the Global American Literary Imagination book series (PSGALI)


MacKenzie believes that Badiou’s relegation of the void to an ineffable act of drawing ignores the attempts of Ezra Pound and Ernest Fenollosa in “The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry” to posit a radical interpretation of the word as a drawing with their conception of the ideogram. And yet the implications of such a graphic language work to collapse the metaphysics that would require a void in the first place. In effect realizing Badiou’s obscure proscription of a description-without-place, the ideogram is a fantastical hallucination that takes Badiou’s thought past the breaking point, weaving art and language into a living figure that comes into being through the act of its own inscription.


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  • Cameron MacKenzie
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  1. 1.Ferrum CollegeFerrumUSA

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