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Dreaming in the ruins

Hon, Gordon (2005) Dreaming in the ruins In, Tiapkin, A (eds.) International Transactions in the Humanities. Riga, Latvia, SIA Jumi pp. 409-422.

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Ruins have tended to be treated thematically by art historians and theorists and are few attempts to take the subject beyond the role of metaphor or allegory. However, Jacques Derrida has taken the idea of ruins into the idea of origin and it is this insight that lies at the core of this paper. This leads to the idea of the ruin as a condensation of the end and beginning thereby giving it an important role in relation to narrative structure. The circular narrative is a form in which the end and beginning are stitched together at the same theoretical point as the ruin. I will be analysising two "texts"; a short story by Borges, The Circular Ruins and the short film by Chris Marker, La jetee in order to demonstrate the connections between the trope of the ruin and the structure of the circular narratives.

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Published date: 2005
Keywords: ruins, narratives, loops, time, borges, la Jetee, dreams, psychoanalysis, derrida, freud


Local EPrints ID: 43099
ISBN: 9984763226
PURE UUID: 29029dcc-7a13-4b77-960f-47c2e2af443d

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Date deposited: 15 Jan 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:19

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Author: Gordon Hon
Editor: A Tiapkin

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