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Emptiness and TemporalityBuddhism and Medieval Japanese Poetics$
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Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804748889

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804748889.001.0001

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Linking as Hermeneutical Process

Linking as Hermeneutical Process

(p.37) Four Linking as Hermeneutical Process
Emptiness and Temporality
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In renga, poetic composition is an interpretive act before it is a creative one; creativity is based on the quality of interpretation of the previous verse. This hermeneusis implies that renga is not only an endless play of signifiers because each link represents the crucial intervention of a reading/speaking subject in the chain of supplementarity produced by the movement of infinite deferral known as différance. The link as a “signifying process” involves the “contextualization” of the maeku, a process that has a connection to Edmund Husserl (1859–1938) and his phenomenological theory of meaning and meaning apprehension. In the absence of “meaning-fulfillment,” the meaning-intention remains empty, which also describes the state of the maeku in renga. Husserl also invokes the concept of “horizon” with respect to a phenomenal object to describe the process of understanding and signifying in renga. In this context, the renga link, which inscribes the act of hermeneutic understanding from one poet to the next, involves a transformation.

Keywords:   renga, hermeneusis, link, Edmund Husserl, horizon, phenomenal object, meaning, meaning-fulfillment, maeku, phenomenological theory

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