Prof. Rita Felski (University of Virginia) is visiting the Re- Network as part of the ‘Canons vs. Icons’ series on Monday, December 2nd (Audit Room, King’s College, 5-7pm), prior to delivering the Annual Tagore Lecture in Comparative Literature at UCL. Prof. Felski will be in conversation with Re- convenor Dr. Francesco Giusti (Bard College Berlin/ICI […]
But how does recognisable repetition operate as a unique kind of site for invention, and for speech? And how might we see a Global South engagement with the tragic canon as a de-stabilizing gesture – an un-working, rather than a re-working?
What gives rise to a canon, or makes something iconic? How are those processes similar, and different?
As any student of semiotics knows, speaking in code is what we do — when we communicate. It’s normal. To speak directly is the exception rather than the rule. In the kind of work I’m involved in getting others to do what you think you want them to do is primarily an exercise in subtle influence, persuasion and suggestion, perhaps delivered as a “nudge” rather than an order. It’s the same in advertising. Only crude advertisers direct you to buy Weetabix — obviously, overtly, as a command.
Say the Re- Editors:
Last week Tower Hamlet’s Council website crashed because of the volume of objections to a planning application by a New York hotel developer to convert the Whitechapel Bell Foundry into a luxury hotel. People are always lobbying to preserve an original building or object somewhere. This is different.