Introduction:Aesthetics of Dislocation

Connon, Daisy and Jein, Gillian and Kerr, Greg (2009) Introduction:Aesthetics of Dislocation. In: Aesthetics of dislocation in French and francophone literature and art : strategies of representation. Edwin Mellen Press, Lampeter, pp. 1-14. ISBN 978-0-7734-4919-0

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This introduction forms part of a volume entitled Aesthetics of Dislocation in French and Francophone Literature and Art: Strategies of Representation, published by Edwin Mellen Press in 2009. I scripted one third of the introduction text with Drs Connon and Jein and co-edited the rest of the volume. The premise of the book, as set forth in this introduction, is that while dislocation implies alienation, disruption and the disintegration of meaning, it may also be viewed as a productive state or experience, which gives rise to new expressive potentialities and orders of discourse. The introduction thus argues that dislocation has the potential to be as enabling as it is disabling, since it instates ‘an ambiguous space of relation through separation’, as Dr Douglas Smith writes in the foreword to the volume. The more sophisticated understanding of space which this volume seeks to promote therefore opens onto new accounts of subjective experience and creative agency. While Benoît Goetz has theorized the concept of dislocation in his 2001 work La Dislocation: architecture et philosophie (Paris: Passion, 2001), the present book is the only work of its kind to do so in English, and to extend its analyses to a broad range of objects in literature, film and the visual arts.

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