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Language and its Contexts-- Le Langage et ses contextes

Transposition and Transformation of Meaning?-- Transposition et transformation du sens ?

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Edited By Pierre-Alexis Mével and Helen Tattam

Inspired by a postgraduate French studies conference (University of Nottingham, 10 September 2008), this volume explores linguistic form and content in relation to a variety of contexts, considering language alongside music, images, theatre, human experience of the world, and another language. Each essay asks what it is to understand language in a given context, and how, in spite of divergent expressive possibilities, a linguistic situation interacts with other contexts, renegotiating boundaries and redefining understanding. The book lies at the intersection of linguistics and hermeneutics, seeking to (a) contextualise philosophical and linguistic discussions of communication across a range of media and (b) illustrate their intimate relations, despite differing strategies or emphases.
Puisant son inspiration dans un colloque de French studies pour doctorants (Université de Nottingham, 10 septembre 2008), cet ouvrage étudie forme et contenu linguistiques en relation avec différents contextes, considérant le langage conjointement avec la musique, les images, le théâtre, l’expérience du monde et un autre langage. Chaque chapitre dissèque la compréhension du langage dans un contexte donné, et se demande comment, en dépit de possibilités expressives divergentes, une situation linguistique interagit avec d’autres contextes, redessinant leurs frontières et redéfinissant la compréhension. Ce livre, situé à l’intersection entre la linguistique et l’herméneutique, a pour but de (a) contextualiser les discussions philosophiques et linguistiques sur la communication dans une gamme de médias et (b) démontrer leur relation intime, malgré des stratégies ou intentions différentes.

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Helen Tattam Chapter Five: Theory, Theatre, and Polyphony: Dramatising Existentialist Ethical Thought 113

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Helen TATTAM Chapter Five: Theory, Theatre, and Polyphony: Dramatising Existentialist Ethical Thought Editorial Abstract: For Gabriel Marcel, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Albert Camus, theatre offered exciting new possibilities for the exploration of their ethical thought. In practice, however, it only seemed to limit, if not undermine their philosophical projects, for the distinction between theatre and philosophy did not seem as significant for the audience as it was for the authors. The link between these thinkers’ plays and their theoretical writings thus allowed audience perception to impact on the reception of their philosophy, enabling – to the playwrights’ dismay – unanticipated interpretations to be treated as shortcuts to understanding their philosophical positions. To complicate matters further, the authors did not, themselves, always respect the difference of theatre, so that some plays fulfil intended expectations only if read, rather than staged. Do, then, such cross-contextual acts of expression inevitably encourage misunderstanding, or is it still possible to think these thinkers’ philosophy and theatre together? The answer, Helen Tattam argues, lies in what kind of understanding one seeks. Résumé éditorial : Pour Gabriel Marcel, Jean-Paul Sartre et Albert Camus, le théâtre offrait de nouvelles possibilités excitantes pour l’exploration de la pensée éthique. En pratique, cependant, il semblait seulement limiter, voire altérer la nature de leurs projets philosophiques, car la distinction entre théâtre et philosophie ne semblait pas aussi importante pour le public que pour les auteurs. Le lien entre les pièces de ces penseurs et leurs écrits théoriques per-...

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