Legerdemain/Gaucherie: Doodle Theory with Barthes and Beckett

Gould, Thomas (2022) Legerdemain/Gaucherie: Doodle Theory with Barthes and Beckett. Paragraph, 45 (2). pp. 233-247. ISSN 0264-8334

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This article stages a dialogue between Roland Barthes and Samuel Beckett by characterizing and comparing their tendencies to indulge in doodles and drawings, both of which have been the subject of increased critical interest (and even public exhibition) in recent years. Surveying such recent criticism, the article begins by connecting Barthes’s and Beckett’s respective ways of drawing to theoretical and aesthetic concerns of their writing. Then, developing the complementary manual metaphors of legerdemain (sleight of hand, manual skill) and gaucherie (left-handedness, awkwardness), the article draws from currents in genetic criticism, New Materialism and ‘weak theory’ to suggest ways in which reading doodles might inform ways of reading texts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: visual arts and performing arts,literature and literary theory ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1213
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Date Deposited: 24 May 2022 14:57
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 18:32
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/85071
DOI: 10.3366/para.2022.0399

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