Perec in a Fog

Thursday 13 February, 2014
7pm, $0

New York University, Maison Français
16 Washington Mews

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Copies abound in the œuvre of Georges Perec. Nowhere is this more evident than in Un Cabinet d’amateur (1979), where pastiches, paintings, and intertexts are in dialogue with the history of copying in the past and present, in literature and in art. Perec’s copies resist classification due to a narrative strategy of brouillage. This fog is a narrative constraint and a narrative strategy, an intratext, an intertext, a biographical reference, and a key to understanding Perec’s ars poetica as well as the nature of art itself.

Priya Wadhera is Assistant Professor of French at Adelphi University in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. She is the author of Original Copies: the Postmodern Aesthetic of Georges Perec and Andy Warhol, which will be published in 2014 by Editions Rodopi.

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