Chapter 13. The infinite present
This chapter analyses the interaction of the French indefinite personal pronoun <i>on </i>and the present tense in <i>L’excès – l’usine </i>by Leslie Kaplan, a collection of poetry about the experience of factory work. ‘On’ has a complex semantic content, and its interpretative values range from the personal (corresponding to the English ‘we’) to the indefinite (‘one’), depending on contextual factors, including text and genre. The chapter argues that <i>L’excès – l’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.