Some Thoughts on the Quotidien: Indeterminacy, Compressed Time, and Non-s-p-a-c-e-s

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We exist…. We think…. We think we exist…. But what is the insidious strong force that provides us with intermittent and porous glimpses of our day-to-day existence; and if such a force exists, how is it encountered? Is it quantifiable, material, and so forth? Maurice Blanchot, Georges Perc, Michel Certeau, Raymond Queneau, et al. have made their vie a project, an experience (literally translated from the French, experiment), that is life is a living being, something to be encountered and endured in a panoply of ways; encountered, the quotidien confirms and alienates, flirts with determinacy and indeterminacy—the quantum mechanics of the human experience. It is not my intent to prescribe a metaphysics/aesthetics for living or offer rhetorical proofs to argue the case (what case—because the everyday can not be reduced to its contents). ‘Le quotidien: ce qu’i l ya de plus dificil a decouvrir. By use of discursive expressions (e.g., photography, biography, travel elegies, fragments, gnomes), sometimes ambiguous because the quotidien always echappe, I will probe into the enigma that is the quotidien; indeterminacy, compressed time, and non-s-p-a-c-e-s function as points of departure in my exploration.


Keywords: Quotidien, Indeterminacy, Compressed Time, Non-s-p-a-c-e-s
Stream: Literature, Literary Studies
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , , , Discursive Thoughts on the Quotidien


Dr. G.A. Powell Jr.

Independent Researcher, Writing Across Disciplines, .
Washington DC, Washington DC, USA

G. A. Powell, Jr. holds a Ph.D. in Rhetorical Theory. He has an interdisciplinary range of written publications and expertise within the fields of Rhetorical Theory, Semiotics, Philosophy, Astronomy, and Multiculturalism His research focuses on the works of Friedrich Nietzsche, Milan Kundera, Georges Perec, Emile Cioran et al. and their contributions to the topics of Ennui,Quotidien, and the Architectonics of knowledge.

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