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La lettre et l’espace: From A to X (2008), de John Berger

Abstract : In an article published in 1945, and entitled « Spatial Form in Modern Literature », Joseph Frank suggested that the specificity of modernist literature lay in the ambition to appropriate space as an aesthetic form. He proposed that literary criticism characterize literary aesthetics through its alternating preference for time or space. In John Berger’s novel From A to X, however, spatiality is seen in an entirely different light, within an effort to resist an authoritarian separation between time and space. Epistolary writing allows for the reappropriation and reunion of time and space. In its endeavour to rely not on absolute space, but on « spacing » as a dynamic principle at the heart of writing, contemporary spatiality is made to question the essentialist dichotomy which often underlies the notions of time and space.
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Diane Leblond. La lettre et l’espace: From A to X (2008), de John Berger. Spatialités, Jun 2012, Paris, France. ⟨hal-02954029⟩



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