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Paul de Man: betekenisvorming deur blindheid en insig

M. Muller, H. Viljoen
Literator | Vol 17, No 2 | a597 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v17i2.597 | © 1996 M. Muller, H. Viljoen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 April 1996 | Published: 30 April 1996

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M. Muller, Departement Afrikaans & Nederlands, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, South Africa
H. Viljoen, Departement Afrikaans & Nederlands, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, South Africa

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Abstract

Meaning production by means of blindness and insight
Meaning production can be brought about by misreading. In many instances rhetoric dissolves logic, and consequently many avenues for misunderstanding are opened up. These misreadings are a blindness which can actually point to an insight: a blindness in the text can become the reader's insight or the blindness or unawareness of one reader can be another’s awareness. Meaning production is thus brought about by the apprehension of the blindness in the rhetorical nature of the literary character of language. This apprehension could also be regarded as blindness by a subsequent reader. In instances like these, expansion of the text takes place by "another insight This process implies an active and exciting production of meaning which necessitates an actively-engaged reader. Meaning cannot be finally established in this endless cycle of blindness and insight. In this article meaning production as established by means of blindness and insight is demonstrated by the novel Abjater wat so lag by Wilma Stockenström.

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