Resisting the present

An interesting point below, writing in itself is the freedom for change.


Transformations of power are only transformations of the mask of power, and power always wears masks that only mask the immuta- bility of its inner nature. How to subtract oneself from the bloc of power and command? For Canetti, this is the mission of the writer, as his 1976 conference is entitled.43 Art – and writing in particular – is a constant defence of human metamorphoses. The writer is the ‘keeper of metamorphoses’, or ‘transformations’ (Hu ̈ter der Verwandlungen). She is able to live the multiplicity, to practice metamorphosis on herself, becoming whoever, any of the most distant and dissimilar persons. Subtracting herself from command, the writer subtracts from any undertaking aimed at achieving ‘success’, as well as from any means-end schema. She follows her vocation by resisting the present, the present of power, resisting all that exists insofar as it is command-firstness.

.43  E. Canetti, Der Beruf des Dichters (Mu ̈ nchen: Hanser Verlag, 1976).
ANDREA BRIGHENTI
DID WE REALLY GET RID OF COMMANDS? THOUGHTS ON A THEME FROM ELIAS CANETTI
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