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Pouneh Saeedi

ENGC15 Roland Barthes The Pleasure of the Text - The taste of madeleine “In search of lost time” o Nostalgia and stuff - Plaisir vs. jouissance o (pleasure vs. bliss) o How to differentiate between the two  Texts of bliss are indescribable in words  There‟s a break in the culture you know  So you feel rapture  Imposes state of loss, discomfort o Perhaps to the point of boredom  Unsettles assumptions, tastes, values, memories  Brings crisis to his relation with language  Sontag, “in place of a hermeneutics we need an erotics of art” o Move away from attributing a message in the text o Just enjoy the text in itself o Hermeneutics of text = hermes (messenger god)  The message of the text  You can use words to describe texts of pleasure  Literary critics write about texts of pleasure  Exploring the known territory  Fills and grants euphoria o Comfortable practice of reading o From culture, doesn‟t break from it  Pleasure-inducing text features: o Asynedetons = lack of conjunctions  Ex. He was a bag of bones, a floppy doll, a broken stick, a maniac. o Anacoluthon = device can be defined as grammatically incorrect sentence o Ex. of blissful text: Molly Bloom‟s stream of consciousness „cause you can‟t really describe it o Tmesis = separation of compound words with other nouns  In German, you cut the verb in half and the starting part goes at the end with you conjugate it  Ex. “This is not Romeo, he‟s some other where.”  Readerly vs. writerly texts  (lisible vs. ecritible)  Readerly = straightforward texts o You don‟t rewrite it in your head  Writerly texts = there are gaps in the text that challenge you o So you have to do part of the writing in your head o Writing in pleasure doesn‟t guarantee reading in pleasure o
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