Toward a Decentered
Conceptualization of Comics
Intricate Evasions of As
Comics, Differend, Synthesis
This nexus begins with an extended analysis of the possibility of a nonsymbolic rhetoric, comparing and contrasting the concept of symbol across Hegel, Cassirer, Langer, Murray, and Lyotard (Nonsymbolic Discourse). From there we approach a kind of definition (though perhaps a nondefinition) of figuration as Transgression. The transgressivity of rhetoric allows us to look alternately between two modes of perception, an act Richard Lanham calls oscillatio. The links from oscillatio are strong and lead us to question reflection itself, materiality, and the desirability of fundamental concepts like coherence and clarity. These latter two questions are answered in another nexus, but the rest of the pages in this nexus are about reflection itself, in philosophy, media, and technology. Comics-at-Hand and Cool Media provide a terminus to this nexus, connecting its concepts explicitly to comics and to other pages.
While other nexūs include many drawings, this nexus includes more interactive elements. This decision is directly related to my argument about nonsymbolic figuration contained in the various pages that make up this nexus.