By Pierre Macherey
Who is extra very important: the reader, or the author? initially released in French in 1966, Pierre Macherey’s first and most famed paintings, A concept of Literary Production dared to problem perceived knowledge, and quick verified him as a pivotal determine in literary idea. The reissue of this paintings as a Routledge vintage brings a few radical principles to a brand new viewers, and argues persuasively for a wholly new method of studying. As such, it's an important paintings for a person drawn to the improvement of literary theory.
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Constraint simultaneously implies a certain transparency: the narrative compels precisely because it seems that it might have been different. But this transparency owes its existence and its power to the fact that it is combined with a certain opacity: one is not reading all possible narratives, but this particular materialisation, this specific writing. There is only one narrative: each of its moments is 'surprising', Tree', but also definitive. The plot-sequence, for all its apparent simplicity, is in fact constituted in a complex and contradictory way: it is both completed and changing.
Here wefindthe transition from the picturesque to the horrific, unless mystery and anxiety are abolished by concealment in a secret valley. Having reached the opposite side of the glen, the road gradually descended the precipice for about half a mile, when it opened towards extensive prospects over plains and towards distant mountains - the sunshine landscape which had long appeared to bound this shadowy pass. The transition was as the passage through the vale of death to the bliss of eternity.
The text derives a certain 'opulence' (to use Poe's expression) from its complexity and its density, in spite of the systematic thinness of its discourse, a mere line coiled on the book. It is neither so simple nor so direct that the bright side (revealed in reading) does not imply at least the presence of a dark side. Refusing the very ideology that Poe espouses, it is proposed that diversity is the principle of the text. Poe's text is important because, in a new myth of clinamen\ it invokes the possibility of transformations in the text (though this is expressed in mythical terms of working backwards or in reverse), the possibility of turning or slanting (to borrow an image from another practitioner of the fantastic).
A Theory of Literary Production by Pierre Macherey