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date: 17 February 2020

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This chapter traces the signature (Agamben, 2009) of the pen as an answer to the desire to write—writing that, via memory, learning, and school is intimately tied up with knowledge. It then inquires into the two assemblages of hand–ink–pen, and pen–writing–expression. The desire to write holds these two assemblages together and the pen is the link, the object of desire, and the technology through which typically everything, despite the trembling hand, seems possible. The chapter follows the pen into organization theory where it has been central to the office, bureaucratic regulation, and control, but also to expression and freedom.

Keywords: assemblage, desire, control, style, expression, pen, writing

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