In closing the special issue “Language-in-Use,” this afterword briefly reflects on the shared work of the essays gathered here. It then considers how a renewed relation with the critical perspectives of fields like linguistic anthropology and ethnopoetics might diversify concepts available for the study and practice of close reading by relocating form in affectively and culturally charged situations of social emergence.
Tristram Wolff teaches in the Comparative Literary Studies Program at Northwestern University. He was a cowinner of the ACLA’s 2015 Bernheimer Award for best dissertation in the field of Comparative Literature. He is currently completing a book on the poetics and politics of the linguistic root, titled “Frail Bonds: Romantic Etymology and Language Ecology.”
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Tristram Wolff; Afterword. Representations 1 February 2017; 137 (1): 167–173. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2017.137.1.167
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