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Plato, via Derrida, says that writing always says the same thing (136). This repetition makes writing non-viable, functionally dead.

If writing is thus dead, is it then up to the reader to resuscitate it? If writing always says the same thing, must it always mean the same thing? Not if readers imbue the text with meaning, making a text writerly, rather than readerly, alive rather than stagnant.

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