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Bakhtiniana: Revista de Estudos do Discurso

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DEMURU, Paolo. Between Accidents and Explosions: Indeterminacy and Aesthesia in the Becoming of History. Bakhtiniana, Rev. Estud. Discurso [online]. 2020, vol.15, n.1, pp.81-106.  Epub Nov 28, 2019. ISSN 2176-4573.

The article proposes a comparison between the concepts of accident, developed by Landowski in his sociosemiotic theory of interaction, and explosion, elaborated by Lotman in his last writings on the semiotics of culture. Far from being an end in itself, this confrontation aims to sketch a theoretical-epistemological synthesis that can contribute to the analysis of the communicational-discursive processes that trigger the historical flow of sociocultural systems, as well as to their conceptual categorisation. My hypothesis is that the basis of this articulation lies in the link between the indeterminacy highlighted by both authors, and the aesthesic value, that is, the core of sensible tensions that, as shown by Landowski, the accidental/explosive events could mobilise. In order to demonstrate its pertinence and relevance, I will focus on a specific case study: the 2013 protests in Brazil and their impact on the process that led to the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff in 2016 and the election of Jair Bolsonaro in 2018.

Keywords : Accident; Explosion; Landowski; Lotman; Populism.

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