|Glyph by Percival Everett
||[27 Dec 2004|12:24am]
Glyph consists of eight chapters. Each of the chapters consists of several titled paragraphs. The names of the paragraphs return throughout the novel. So the structure is:
Deconstruction Paper (only with Paper crossed out) RALPH
différance, pharmakon, unties of simulacrum, supplement, bedeuten, spacing, ennuyeux, libidinal economy, peccatum originale, ens realissimum, causa sui, supernumber, seme, ephexis, incision, bridge, Vexierbild, vita nova, degrees, anfractuous, ootheca, tubes 1 ... 6, donne lieu, umstände, mary mallon, (x)(Cx→~Vx)├ (x)[(Cx&Px)→~Vx], exousai, derivative, incision, subjective-collective
A Plot with a View BARTHES
différance, bridge, anfractuous, ens realissimum, seme, ephexis, degrees, incision, ennuyeux, mary mallon, pharmakon, spacing, ootheca, exousai, supernumber, libidinal economy, donne lieu, vita nova, Vexierbild, tubes 1 ... 6, (x)(Cx→~Vx)├ (x)[(Cx&Px)→~Vx], derivative, umstände, causa sui, subjective-collective, bedeuten
Pronounced Articulations SAUSSURE
différance, degrees, seme, donne lieu, ephexis, incision, (x)(Cx→~Vx)├ (x)[(Cx&Px)→~Vx], unties of simulacrum, bridge, ens realissimum, exousai, spacing, libidinal economy, umstände, tubes 1 ... 6, peccatum originale, ennuyeux, subjective-collective, ootheca, vita nova, derivative, mary mallon, Vexierbild
Figures and a Pair of Graphs MORRIS
différance, umstände, (x)(Cx→~Vx)├ (x)[(Cx&Px)→~Vx], Vexierbild, degrees, incision, ootheca, seme, supernumber, derivative, bedeuten, ephexis, donne lieu, mary mallon, pharmakon, anfractuous, bridge, ennuyeux, supplement, libidinal economy, peccatum originale, exousai, vita nova, ephexis, unties of simulacrum, tubes 1 ... 6, äusserungen, causa sui, subjective-collective, ens realissimum
The Straight and Narrative GREIMAS
différance, subjective-collective, spacing, libidinal economy, unties of simulacrum, degrees, seme, anfractuous, incision, bridge, (x)(Cx→~Vx)├ (x)[(Cx&Px)→~Vx], Vexierbild, exousai, umstände, ootheca, tubes 1 ... 6, peccatum originale, mary mallon, pharmakon, ephexis, supernumber, vita nova
Lost in Place HJELMSLEV
différance, ephexis, ootheca, derivative, subjective-collective, peccatum originale, supernumber, Vexierbild, donne lieu, degrees, ennuyeux, pharmakon, (x)(Cx→~Vx)├ (x)[(Cx&Px)→~Vx], supplement, anfractuous, unties of simulacrum, bridge, exousai, ens realissimum
The Period Is the Point RALPH
différance, subjective-collective, incision, exousai, seme, anfractuous, donne lieu, unties of simulacrum, derivative, ennuyeux, libidinal economy, spacing, bridge, ootheca, ens realissimum, ephexis, causa sui, supernumber, degrees, Are Meanings in the Head?
Shades Are Just Dark Glosses RALPH
difference, anfractuous, unties of simulacrum, pharmakon, ootheca, tubes 1 ... 6, incision, umstände, subjective-collective, vita nova, Vexierbild
The last line is on a separate page: "The line is everything."
The first paragraph of each chapter is différance, except for the last chapter where suddenly it's difference. äusserungen and Are Meanings in the Head? do not return in the novel. The paragraph titles do not seem to be connected to the text (or not yet, in any case), except for Are Meanings in the Head? and the strange formula, which is actually explained in the text right before it appears. Vexierbild is the only word that starts with a capital. Paragraphs with the same titles don't seem to be related, although I'll pay more attention to that later. Incision is used twice in the first chapter. Not all these titles appear in every chapter.
Most of the words I'm not familiar with, although libidinal economy did ring a bell, it's a concept by Lyotard as far as I know. Vexierbild has something to do with psychoanalysis, at least that's all I could find online. The formula stands for: "No Children are Volunteers. Therefore, no children being tested by Psychologists are volunteers."
I looked up Mary Mallon, she was called Typhoid Mary because she was a healthy carrier of typhoid. She refused to be examined, refused to acknowledge the fact that she was ill, and kept on cooking for people and so spreading the disease. In the end the authorities had to lock her up forever because she did not want to stop working in kitchens. I don't see what she's got to do with the story (yet) or with any of the theories or philosophers discussed in the novel. There are some strange poems on the body, e.g. one on the sternum, all written by Ralph, but I don't know what to make of them either.
The only thing I can think of is that it's important because of Ralph's physical condition. He is very smart, but he doesn't think he's intelligent because he can't drive a car and needs diapers. He can think like an adult, but (apart from the fact that he can write) physically he's still a baby.
What is also strange is that, although Ralph uses difficult words like iconicity or emetic and claims that he passed straight into the symbolic order, he makes mistakes like "Is that a bear dere. Ouch, bear bite me." Sometimes it's in a context where he tries to ridicule others, which might explain the spelling, but sometimes there's no explanation for them.
Smoth Ely Jelloffe, one of the charachters, is Smith Ely Jelliffe, who wrote on psychoanalysis and drama.
Psychoanalysis plays an important role. Much of the novel seems to be based on Freud, his theories on language, but Ralph also doesn't like his father and he liked sucking his mother's nipples.