Referent and Annihilation: “<i>X</i>” Marks the Spot

Claudia Brodsky

in In the Place of Language

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230006
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235285 | DOI:
Referent and Annihilation: “X” Marks the Spot

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This chapter examines, justifies, and elaborates on the cinematic document entitled Shoah, by Claude Lanzmann as it records several accounts of events participated in and witnessed with long shots of natural landscapes and sites of human engineering. It explains that in the movie, the referent is lost. In composing the conditions for the indication of a referent that no longer exists, Lanzmann records the enormity of inalternable loss.

Keywords: Shoah; Claude Lanzmann; referent; language

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Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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