Ecrire le cri : les beaux habits de la plainte

Abstract : Sudden emotion is expressed either by cries or by a more complex verbalization, often as a narration and dramatized according to the context. The written plaintive cry, however, a restitution of a vox inarticulata, is not vocalized. The interjectory cry, pars orationis, is also a product of rhetorical exclamation. In his "Letter to Herodotus," Epicurus assures that the cry constitutes the origin of language and of languages by the natural emergence of expressive cries as a function of affects, but naturalistic explanations (the aspirated "h" for example) elude interjections as linguistic signs. In French as in other vernacular languages, the interjection is either autochthon, or borrowed from literary texts, Latin theater or Greek literature. In the case of written complaints, the audience may be fictional (a character) or real, as for example the reader contaminated by the movere. An autonomous vector of knowledge as much as passion, the written cry may be vested with a veritable power to create fictional images and passions, and the graphic complaint, an esthetic object, produces its effect by creating an emotion which is renewed indefinitely whenever it is read.
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Marie-Luce Demonet. Ecrire le cri : les beaux habits de la plainte. La Plainte à la Renaissance, 2007, Tours, France. pp.89-105. ⟨halshs-00713424⟩



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