Abstract

Abstract:

What would Wittgensteinian fiction—not overtly about or influenced by him, but that resonates with his thought—look like? Lydia Davis has avowed, but never explained, her admiration for Ludwig Wittgenstein. Her short and fragmentary fictions are attuned to how grammar and usage reveal our forms of life. Alongside briefer discussion of Adam Ehrlich Sachs and other contemporary American writers, I characterize both Wittgenstein and Davis as uncanny grammarians: though we live in language, we are never fully at home in it. Both press on our ordinary language in an extraordinary way, defamiliarizing the familiar to more explicitly understand it.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-329X
Print ISSN
0190-0013
Pages
pp. 1-21
Launched on MUSE
2022-06-25
Open Access
No
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