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  • noun Plural form of actant.


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  • One of the first questions posed by the inner circle of the Directorate body was "When do the actants go?"

    The Pulse-Soldier 2010

  • I'm only/just one of Bennettes 'actants floating on a screen memory of the existence, far flung,

    Parajanov Contra Zizek (oder selbst proclaimed Brechtian Beast Z vs aSublime moving picture for magnitude of efficacy.) 2010

  • The distinction there/then ridiculous fiction: On short notice Kog reorganizes the world and all its actants into a ball of lard and smokes it

    Kog Zadare, only living person... Kog Zadare 2010

  • What interests me is the way both the actants and the audience, who are largely indistinguishable from each other, tie their fantasies of national and imperial election to an unresolved cultural wound.

    Projection, Patriotism, Surrogation: Handel in Calcutta 2006

  • Objects/things actually speak to the poet: they are vocal actants that produce a "living, buried speech" [Whitman's phrase], and pace Bruno Latour, they are actants that contribute to the world in ways that exceed their roles as objects of perception.

    In the Middle 2010

  • Chaucer's poetry as a site where so many actants, real and fictional, gather [and shape each other, cognitively, affectively] over time, and therefore gives rise to the question, "where does the self end and alterity begin?"

    In the Middle 2010

  • Just as that head of lettuce is there in the supermarket and just as fluctuations in supply and demand do effect price, semiotic entities are actants in collectives as well.

    Larval Subjects . larvalsubjects 2010

  • The non-social actors or actants out of which the social is composed are, for Latour, both human and nonhuman.

    Larval Subjects . 2010

  • We expect, for example, all change to come from the semiotic domain, from the domain of content, missing the role that nonhuman actants play in collectives creating a set of stable-state attractor points that keep these collectives organized in the same way despite semiotic, discursive, interpretive, and linguistic shifts that take place within the field of the collective.

    Larval Subjects . larvalsubjects 2010

  • The riddle of all phenomena are to be sought in texts, signs, signifiers, and language, such that all non-linguistic actants disappear altogether.

    Larval Subjects . larvalsubjects 2010

  • The French structuralists spoke of characters as actants, as the action-doers who make the plot happen.

    Mountain Song Claudia La Rocco 2022


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