general articles Fragment: beyond fracturing, or bursting, the patience of pure impatience, little by little suddenly. --Maurice Blanchot (1995, 34) These fragments I have shored against my ruins --T.S. Eliot (2002, 69) Works which were written and were burned, like ghosts, leave something of their trace behind; that is to say, the potential of a lone title belonging to either an imaginary or destroyed work contains within it the ability to conjure an entire literary world that signifies as one of the potential books in Borges' Library of Babel. The title of an imaginary and/or destroyed work acts like an aphorism, a fragmentary piece of text that contains within it several layers of significations and potential significations. I will return more fully at the end of this essay to the theoretical implications of a hermeneutics of the fragment, even if the theoretical case to be made will, of necessity, be less "full" and rather, as partial and fragmented as its object. For now, I wish to approach these theoretical matters by way of analyses of a number of literary texts, namely Eco, Borges, Lovecraft, Sade, Nabokov, and Joyce. Traditional thinking of the fragment would site the ancient Greek
symploke – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Dec 22, 2013
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