Being as Meaning: A Divinity Without Intention

The quest for meaning has long been the bedrock of human existence, often entwined with our perceptions of divinity and cosmic order. While many people find solace in the intentions and plans of a higher power, others, myself included, wrestle with this idea, seeking an alternative framework that might marry a more ‘existentialist’ approach with …

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Who Is The Reader?

Unpacking a Complex Relationship The dynamics between a writer and a reader have been the subject of fascination for ages. Far from being a straightforward transaction, this relationship is an intricate synergy that involves expectations, emotions, and intellectual exchanges. But, who is the reader, and what obligations, if any, do they have towards the writer …

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Writing As Therapy

The Therapeutic Power of Writing Poetry: More Than Just Words on a Page Writing poetry is often considered an artistic endeavour, a realm of romantic impulses and expressive reveries. However, there’s an increasing body of evidence that suggests that the act of writing poetry can serve a deeper, more therapeutic purpose. In a world mired …

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Barthes Was Wrong

This article challenges Roland Barthes’ famous notion of ‘The Death of the Author,’ arguing instead that the author is very much alive and in a dialogic relationship with the reader. Drawing upon Mikhail Bakhtin’s theories of dialogism and polyphony, the article posits that texts are living entities shaped by an ongoing conversation between the author’s intent and the reader’s interpretation. Far from diminishing the role of the author, this dialogic approach enriches our understanding of texts as dynamic spaces for mutual meaning-making.

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