A (hi)story pour les analphabètes of Larissa Sansour's video

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Abstract:

This article, in the form of the literary fiction of the travel diary, is an investigation into the relationships between the concept of travel, the concept of history and the image of humankind beginning with some of the so-called ‘classical’ texts of European culture – in particular: Ovid's Metamorphoses, Aristotle's Poetics, Quintilianus’ Institutio oratoria, Cicero's De legibus, Hegel's Lectures on Aesthetics, Sterne's A Sentimental Journey, Heidegger's Being and Time. A concept of (a form of) humankind and a concept of history that can be drawn by these texts are related to the analysis of a frame of a video, A Space Exodus, by the Palestinian artist Larissa Sansour. The ‘reaction’ that results from this approach interacts with an ethical vision of the history(ography) that keeps in mind the experience of writing by authors such as Antonio Artaud (une écriture pour les analphabètes) and Deleuze (a foreign language inside our own language).

Keywords: Dario Giugliano; Deleuze; Hegel; Heidegger; Larissa; Sansour; Sterne; aesthetics; fiction; humankind; philosophy of history

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09528822.2011.573314

Publication date: May 1, 2011

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