Many Subtle Channels: In Praise of Potential Literature - download pdf or read online

By Daniel Levin Becker

What kind of society may well bind jointly Jacques Roubaud, Italo Calvino, Marcel Duchamp, and Raymond Queneau and Daniel Levin Becker, a tender American enthusiastic about language play? in simple terms the Oulipo, the Paris-based experimental collective based in 1960 and fated to turn into certainly one of literature s quirkiest movements.

An foreign association of writers, artists, and scientists who include formal and procedural constraints to accomplish literature s probabilities, the Oulipo (the French acronym stands for workshop for power literature ) might be top referred to as the cradle of Georges Perec's novel "A Void, " which doesn't comprise the letter e. interested in the Oulipo's mystique, Levin Becker secured a Fulbright provide to review the association and traveled to Paris. He was once finally provided club, turning into basically the second one American to be admitted to the gang. From the point of view of a tender begin, the Oulipians and their tasks are right now extraordinary and totally compelling. Levin Becker s love for video games, puzzles, and language play is infectious, calling to brain Elif Batuman's enjoy Russian literature in "The Possessed."

In contemporary years, the Oulipo has encouraged the construction of various different collectives: the OuMuPo (a collective of DJs), the OuMaPo (marionette players), the OuBaPo (comic strip artists), the OuFlarfPo (poets who generate poetry as a result of seek engines), and a menagerie of different Ou-X-Pos (workshops for strength "something"). Levin Becker discusses those and different fascinating advancements during this heritage and private appreciation of an iconic and iconoclastic crew.

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Perhaps, in fact, Michel de Certeau has a particularly suggestive point when he argues that “The text was formerly found at school. Today the text is society itself ” (167). I am inclined to say that The Nun’s Priest’s Tale is a case of the windmill in a walnut shell. * * * Chaucer expects a great deal from both his reading or his listening audience for The Nun’s Priest’s Tale: he depends on a heightened sense of plain action within a physical space while asking us to consider the disposition of those events within a textspace laden with cultural expectation.

39 The astrolabe clearly is not the convenient and f lexible f lat surface Latour values, but it is a hand-held model that connects the earthbound observer and the heavens—no minor event for Chaucer and his little Lewis, as we will see. Nichols goes on to say that Chaucer’s “showing the connection of the parts of the human body with the heavenly divisions or signs of the zodiac . . also reinforced the idea of a continuum between the individual human being and the visible world” so that “to perceive the universe scientifically was to know the boundaries of one’s own being” (4), making claims, then, for observing the space between here and there.

Bachelard is arguing for the “dynamic rivalry between house and universe” so that “we are far removed from any reference to simple geometrical forms” (47). indd 17 6/22/2011 4:23:17 PM 18 R E A SON A N D I M AGI N AT ION In fact, as Bachelard argues, “A house that is as dynamic as this [those of the medieval miniatures] allows the poet [or miniaturist or magician] to inhabit the universe” (51). And later: “This coexistence of things in a space to which we add consciousness of our existence, is a very concrete thing” (203).

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