Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
54 | Supplemento | 2018

Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
54 | Supplemento | 2018

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Vol. 54 | Num. 1 | Dicembre 2018

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale | 54 | Supplemento | 2018

Texts in Between Action and Non-Action. Genesis, Strategies, and Outcomes of Textual Agency
Supplement

The Roots of Textual Agency
The Semiotics of Motivation and Demotivation

Massimo Leone
Università degli Studi di Torino, Italia | University of Shanghai, China
massimo.leone@unito.it

DOI 10.30687/AnnOr/2385-3042/2018/01/021

Abstract

This introductory essay deals with the origins of textual agency and inertia. Texts predominantly work as indexes, icons, or symbols, according to Peirce’s typology of signs. These three types usually exert agency to an increasing extent. The essay seeks to determine the origin of this gradient in the dialectics between motivation and arbitrariness. The more a text is received as motivated, the likelier it is that it might exert a strong agency. This hypothesis leads also to an articulation of the rhetorics of motivation or de-motivation through which communities of interpreters can promote or demote the agentive force of a certain text.

Keywords
Text. Agency. Inertia. Motivation. Arbitrariness. Semiotics.

Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License 

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Leone Massimo

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The Roots of Textual Agency

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Journal Article

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en

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http://doi.org/10.14277/AnnOr/2385-3042/2018/01/021

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This introductory essay deals with the origins of textual agency and inertia. Texts predominantly work as indexes, icons, or symbols, according to Peirce’s typology of signs. These three types usually exert agency to an increasing extent. The essay seeks to determine the origin of this gradient in the dialectics between motivation and arbitrariness. The more a text is received as motivated, the likelier it is that it might exert a strong agency. This hypothesis leads also to an articulation of the rhetorics of motivation or de-motivation through which communities of interpreters can promote or demote the agentive force of a certain text.

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale

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Vol. 54 | Num. 1 | Dicembre 2018

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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2018-12-06

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None

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1125-3789

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2385-3042

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Text

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Agency

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Inertia

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Motivation

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Arbitrariness

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Semiotics

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