Chapter 13. The infinite present

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This chapter analyses the interaction of the French indefinite personal pronoun <i>on </i>and the present tense in <i>L&#8217;exc&#232;s &#8211; l&#8217;usine </i>by Leslie Kaplan, a collection of poetry about the experience of factory work. &#8216;On&#8217; has a complex semantic content, and its interpretative values range from the personal (corresponding to the English &#8216;we&#8217;) to the indefinite (&#8216;one&#8217;), depending on contextual factors, including text and genre. The chapter argues that <i>L&#8217;exc&#232;s &#8211; l&#8217;usine</i> instantiates the influence of textual genre; the interaction of two semantically underdetermined elements is conditioned by the textual universe to create a particular representation of subjectivity and temporality, as well as of the factory universe.


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