I came across this during my readings for another class and I wonder if it could be helpful to think about writing with/about/beyond the doxas of Hispanism.

Teresa Brennan History after Lacan, 1967

Brennan describes propositional and secondary modes of intellectual writing, contrasting the US and France. For me that also provided an interesting dialogue with the Prescott Paradigm.

“On the face of it, it seems easier to write in the propositional mode if one writes in France, while those who do not instead write secondary works elucidating, praising, or damning the propositions. We write on Lacan, Derrida, Foucault, Kristeva […].”

“The question of course is how to combine the propositional and secondary modes and thus transcend them. To combine them is to regard yet disregard the other, to regard the right to understand, and thus communicate, to disregard the desire for recognition, and thus risk going beyond the fixed points governing social approval at the time of writing. It is to balance confidence and context, the movement of ideas and fixed points. And that can only be done if one gives out more than one takes in.”


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