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susan stewart on the particular tricks of writing miniatures

Posted by rigorousm on January 21, 2015

“The writing of miniaturization does not want to call attention to itself or to its author; rather, it continually refers to the physical world. It resists the interiority of reflexive language in order to interiorize an outside; it is the closest thing we have to a three-dimensional language, for it continually points outside itself, creating a shell-like, or enclosed, exteriority. “Correctness of design” and “accuracy of representation” are devices of distance, of “proper perspective,” the perspective of the bourgeois subject. … they allow the reader to disengage himself or herself from the field of representation as a transcendent subject.”

– Susan Stewart, “The Miniature,” On Longing, p 45.


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