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International Journal of Literary Culture / Internationale Zeitschrift für literarische Kultur

Ed. by Biti, Vladimir / Liska, Vivian

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Volume 40, Issue 1


Narbe. Archäologie eines literarischen Motivs

Dagmar Burkhart
Published Online: 2005-08-11 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/arca.2005.40.1.30


According to Michail Bakhtin, eating, drinking, digestion, coition, birth, illness, death, putrefaction and other acts of the body drama occur at the boundary between body and world. Here on the surface of the body, the stage of this drama, is located the scar, which has medical, psychological, social, political or moral aspects but is treated here as sign and motif in literary discourses. Since every scar is a healed wound that presents itself as a skin-inscription, two theoretical models of interpretation are relevant: one is orientated towards plot and happening, the other is semiotic. Both approaches are based on the indexicality that characterizes all scars.

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Published Online: 2005-08-11

Published in Print: 2005-07-20

Citation Information: Arcadia, Volume 40, Issue 1, Pages 30–60, ISSN (Online) 1613-0642, ISSN (Print) 0003-7982, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/arca.2005.40.1.30.

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