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Tel Quel 1967: Theory as Excess

Tel Quel 1967: Theory as Excess Patrick ffrench Tel Quel 1967 Theory as Excess One of the nodal moments of the "time of theory" as it has been problematically baptized came with the publication of the suitably titled "Programme" by Philippe Sollers in his book L'Écriture et l'expérience des limites and in the quarterly review Tel Quel, issue thirty-one, in Autumn 1967. The text began with a capitalized demand which articulated the agenda announced by its title: "UNE THÉORIE D'ENSEMBLE DEMANDE À ÊTRE ÉLABORÉE, PENSÉE À PARTIR DE LA PRATIQUE DE L'ÉCRITURE" ("Programme" 8) ["A COMPREHENSIVE THEORY DERIVED FROM THE PRACTICE OF WRITING DEMANDS TO BE ELABORATED" ("Program" 5)]. I take this statement to be symptomatic of a certain dimension of what is meant by "theory." Evidently, the term has a wider semantic range and pertains to a deeper historical periodization than can be comprised within the scope of this article, but I would contend that this statement and this moment are crucial in the delineation and the fortunes of what we now think of and practice or fail to practice as theory. What I mean is that Tel Quel defined a certain notion of theory, that this definition had its part to play http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Tel Quel 1967: Theory as Excess

The Comparatist , Volume 38 (1) – Oct 31, 2014

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Patrick ffrench Tel Quel 1967 Theory as Excess One of the nodal moments of the "time of theory" as it has been problematically baptized came with the publication of the suitably titled "Programme" by Philippe Sollers in his book L'Écriture et l'expérience des limites and in the quarterly review Tel Quel, issue thirty-one, in Autumn 1967. The text began with a capitalized demand which articulated the agenda announced by its title: "UNE THÉORIE D'ENSEMBLE DEMANDE À ÊTRE ÉLABORÉE, PENSÉE À PARTIR DE LA PRATIQUE DE L'ÉCRITURE" ("Programme" 8) ["A COMPREHENSIVE THEORY DERIVED FROM THE PRACTICE OF WRITING DEMANDS TO BE ELABORATED" ("Program" 5)]. I take this statement to be symptomatic of a certain dimension of what is meant by "theory." Evidently, the term has a wider semantic range and pertains to a deeper historical periodization than can be comprised within the scope of this article, but I would contend that this statement and this moment are crucial in the delineation and the fortunes of what we now think of and practice or fail to practice as theory. What I mean is that Tel Quel defined a certain notion of theory, that this definition had its part to play

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