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Published October 17, 2017 | public
Journal Article

The Silence of Ritter's Symbol ⊗


The focus of this essay is on the poetic function of the symbol ⊗ in the fragments of Johann Wilhelm Ritter and the way it is deeply imbedded in processes of construction. I argue that, through connections to materiality, this symbol functions as a nodal point that implicates the reader of Ritter's fragment project within the same operations of constructing both symbols and ideas that inform the text. This approach entails a significant departure from the scholarship of the past decade or two, where Ritter's ⊗ has been understood almost exclusively as a phenomenon of acoustics and self-writing.

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© 2017 Taylor & Francis. Published online: 17 Oct 2017.

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