The Pen and the Eye: The Politics of the Gazing Body

  • Françoise Lucbert


I open this section, dedicated to the entanglement of vision and textuality as it affects the interaction between discourse and politics, with two quotations from two different genres of contemporary artistic production, both working on the reconciliation of the word and the image, respectively a movie referring to a founding textual tradition (the Bible) and a novel questioning the grounds of visual activity.


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    Paul Auster, The Invention of Solitude (London and Boston, MA: Faber & Faber, 1982), p. 138.Google Scholar
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    See the articles ‘Vision’ and ‘Word’ in the Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Bible, a translation and adaptation of A. van den Bjorn’s Bijbels Woordenboek, by Louis F. Hartman (Turnhout: Usines Brepols, 1963).Google Scholar
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