“The Difference between Poetry and Rhetoric...”: And Between Art and Advertising, Performance and Performative, the Real and the Role

By Eleanor M. Godway.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Art, properly understood, can afford an opening to what transcends us, such that its significance is crucial to our lives, and by the same token, its betrayal may lead to disaster. Recognition of this dynamic of the becoming of Truth enables us to reflect on new possibilities for our culture which is perhaps almost unable to face what may be its fate. Insights developed from Audre Lorde’s definition, Heidegger’s “poesis” and “aletheia,” Merleau-Ponty’s “parole originaire,” (and my own coinage – “politique originaire”), J.L. Austin’s “performative,” Derrida’s “deconstruction” and Lacan’s account of the “Real” are used to illustrate its transformative potential in social, political and personal life (to the extent that these can be distinguished), as well as its essential and profound vulnerability.

Keywords: Audre Lorde, Poetry and Rhetoric, Martin Heidegger, Poesis and Aletheia, Art and Advertising, J.L.Austin, Performative and Performance, M.Merleau-Ponty, Parole Originaire, The becoming of Truth, J.Derrida, Deconstruction, J.Lacan and the Real

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 1, Issue 7, pp.31-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.699MB).

Dr. Eleanor M. Godway

Professor, Dept of Philosophy, Central Connecticut State University, USA

B.A., M.A. Cambridge (England); Ph.D. York University Canada. Thesis on Merleau-Ponty's Parole Originaire; has taught at York University, Canada, and in the U.S.A. at Alfred University, Earlham College, and since 1987 at Central Connecticut State University where she is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department. She has published several articles on Merleau-Ponty and other Continental thinkers, and co-edited a book (with Geraldine Finn) Who is “This” We? Absence of Community (Black Rose Books, 1994). Her current project is a full length study of John Macmurray.

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