absent signifier

Under discussion: “That Man!”

The active interaction among the bard, internal audience and the external audience in a Homeric performance intrigued me. I wondered how the external audience, in the 5th century BCE, processed such a complicated narrative (Homeric Iliad and Odyssey). How did they kept them near and dear to their song culture? Read more

Under Discussion: O Absent Signifier!

I first heard the term 'absent signifier' in the HeroesX discussion board posts from Lenny Mueller. Now that I have started reading more of Douglas Frame’s work, I see it there. It is a great phrase but if someone were to ask me what it means, defining it might be a little tricky. How does one define something that is not there? Perhaps I would say it means that the… Read more