Re: a 12th century conlang
|From:||Edward Heil <edheil@...>|
|Date:||Friday, March 26, 1999, 4:40|
>> Hmm, I can't find that word in my French dictionary, which probablymeans I
>> need a better one. What does he mean by "bricolage"?
> It's a real trendy word nowadays in literary criticism. It appearsto mean a
>mish mash of things, an eclectic collection, the kind of stuff you findon a
>collectors shelf, much of it "kitsh." Don't ask me why everybody andhis
>uncle's cousin in literary theory just has to jump at the word andreplicate it
>to the point of banality. At any rate, invented languages arecollections of
>the parts of real languages. It's supposed to show that he thinks ofinvented
>languages as doing violence to real languages, replicating them bytaking them
>or some such thing. He talks about the "impoverishment" of naturallanguages
>and other such nonsense..
Those may be the word's current connotations, but its use in litcrit
surely stems from Levi-Strauss's usage of it. He compared myth to
bricolage, which he defined as a folk-art form, which consisted of
taking everyday objects and combining them in unexpected ways to create
artworks. He saw myth-making as parallel to bricolage, in that it used
standard and well-known themes in new arrangements every time.
I don't think much of Levi-Strauss's anthropological theories, but I
don't think he at least meant to disparage myths by calling them
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