The Arbitrary Sign

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The Arbitrary Sign
Author: Desmond Kon
Publish: 2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9789810779184
Pages: 50
Language: English

The Arbitrary Sign

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The Most Misunderstood Alphabet Book in the World.

Are the signifier and the signified as tight friends as Saussure thinks, as inseparable as two sides of a piece of papar? For Jacques Lacan, the sign "represents something for someone"; on the contrary, the signifier is "that which represents a subject for another signifier". Is S really the subject or the signifier? Or in the schemas of Sade, the raw subject of pleasure? where is the S1, here? And if it's still around, is it still the master signifier? If S2 is the signifying chain- that is, all language and knowledge, as we know them to be strung together- where are the other characters in the perplexing world of Lacan, and by association, Derrida and Deleuze? Where is the imaginary father Who is the symbolic mother? What statement, what enunciation? What symbolic order, what field of reality?

If Mark Haddon's Talking Horse elevated the poem fable beyond child literature into connoisseur's poetic aperitif, this book does the same for the quintessential alphabet book. May your child or the adult child in your be the world's next genius analysand. And rise from the couch a bit wiser, a bit less plain speaking about the world around us.


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Desmond Kon is the author of an epistolary novel, a quasi-memoir, two lyric essay monographs, four hybrid works, and nine poetry collections. A former journalist, he has edited more than twenty books and co-produced three audio books, several pro bono for non-profit organizations.

Trained in book publishing at Stanford University, Desmond studied sociology and mass communication at the National University of Singapore, and later received his Masters in theology (world religions) from Harvard University and Masters in fine arts (creative writing) from the University of Notre Dame.

In addition to grants from the National Arts Council and Singapore International Foundation, Desmond has enjoyed literary appointments at the Notre Dame Poetry Fellowship, NAC Writer-in-the-Gardens Residency, and NTU-NAC Creative Writing Residency.
Among other accolades, Desmond is the recipient of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, National Indie Excellence Book Award, Poetry World Cup, Singapore Literature Prize, two Beverly Hills International Book Awards, and three Living Now Book Awards.

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