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Words fill our lungs

Words Fill Our Lungs explores the dialogue that we as readers develop with a text. Focusing in on Bakhtin's theory ofHeteroglossia and using it to demonstrate how and why a text can be passed from generation to generation, and still retain meaning. It also addresses the notion of aura, brought up by Walter Benjamin; and how this idea can change or alter our language acts. It will also construct new forms of discourse that utilize the expressive qualities that language can invoke. By challenging notions of genre, by blending 'fiction' and 'fact', 'academic' and' creative writing' to produce new critical space. Key Words: Bakhtin, M.M., Intertextuality, Benjamin, Walter, Aura, Mimesis, Manufacturing or Counterfeiting Aura, Language Acts

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