Gary Saul Morson and Caryl Emerson: The project of wholeness

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...wholeness is always a matter of work; it is not a gift, but a project. When Bakhtin writes that unity is always "posited," the word he chooses is zadan; he seems to be playing on closely related words, zadacha, a problem, and sadanie, a task. Thus wholeness is never a given, it is always a task. Disorder, by contrast is often (though not always) a given. (GSM and CE: MBCP, 30-31)



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