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Cross-out literature
Topic Started: Mar 16 2009, 12:48 PM (1,904 Views)
alliknowis
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(Srikanth) Reddy’s current project is part scholarship and part literature. It starts with the memoirs of Kurt Waldheim, a former Secretary-General of the United Nations, who was disgraced after his membership in the Nazi Party and complicity in war crimes during World War II were made public. For Reddy, Kurt Waldheim’s memoirs raise issues, not only in terms of ethics, but also literature. “I’m writing a book,” says Reddy, “that erases language from the memoirs of Kurt Waldheim, and tries to find a poem inside his text … crossing out words from his memoirs gave me a way of exploring questions of silence and ethical implication in my own work.” This project brings together Reddy’s scholarly interests with the composition of poetry (composition in this case means crossing out words rather than writing them) to produce a uniquely cerebral work.

http://chicagoweekly.net/2007/05/03/poet-w...-and-the-world/

Anyone know of other past or current "cross-out literature?"
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nnyhav
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yep (1st graf)
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nnyhav,

that blog post was brilliant. I do believe you found something in the purloined letter that is isn't really discussed ( as you said so many trying to get at the contents of the letter and the others using their preconceived theories to digest the text). Most of the time people assume that Dupin did to the minister what the minister had done to the queen, that ven diagrams are necesary in describing the story, etc. etc. (Lacan reading: the letter confers some sort of feminity on the holder and on previous owner it confers a lack of power, impotence). But your deep reading aidedby the cut-up 'graph does shed new light on the work, makes the story read in a more dynamic light (less static, less a beautifully constructed piece of ratiocination), a progression a or digression, anyways, movement.
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I Am Not Hamlet
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Humument, A Treated Victorian Novel by Tom Phillips...
http://www.humument.com/
You can read it online too.
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you beat me to it, Ham
I have HUmument
and it's splendid
I'm sure I've mentioned it
maybe even put up that same link
or posted an image or two
in one or another thread
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johnnyw, I'm glad it comes across, what I don't get is why it isn't much discussed (I can't think that I'm the first to think of it). I liked and learned from Muller & Richardson's The Purloined Poe, even if it is 20x the length of the story itself, but the decons are intent on Lacan and each other. And Poe was as much a critic as anything, or anybody ... hey, come to think of it, he did some crossing out himself ...
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your blog/post made me wonder if there's been anything written on subjectivity, first person authority (or otherwise) in Poe's work, nnyhav? I'm saving Poe until after i've read more Melville, but i'm interested in light of Hume/Descartes in particular and challenges (or simply an unwillingness to answer to) thhose logics as given/inalienable?
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Tree of Codes:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/nov/20/jonathan-safran-foer-bruno-schulz

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For years I had wanted to create a die-cut book by erasure, a book whose meaning was exhumed from another book. It was hardly an original idea: it's a technique that has been practised for as long as there has been writing, perhaps most brilliantly by Tom Phillips in his magnum opus, A Humument. But the same idea in a different time is a different idea, and on the brink of the end of paper, I was attracted to the idea of a book that cannot forget it has a body.

I had thought of trying the technique with the dictionary, the encyclopedia, the phone book, various works of fiction and non-fiction, and with my own novels. But any of those options would have merely spoken to the process. The resulting book would have been a conceptual work at best, and at worst an exercise. I was in search of a text whose erasure would somehow be a continuation of its creation.

The Street of Crocodiles is often my answer to the nonsensical question: what is your favourite book? And yet, it took me a year to recognise it as the text I'd been looking for. Why? Because I loved the book too much to conceive of changing it, much less subtracting from it? Because the historical resonances were so powerful?


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Something similar to cross-out: a book made of what someone else crossed out: ; or, The Whale by Damion Searls.

http://quarterlyconversation.com/half-of-half-of-moby-dick-the-damion-searls-interview
Edited by Porphry, Nov 22 2010, 10:31 AM.
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Evening Will Come: The Erasure Issue
http://www.thevolta.org/ewc-mainpage28.html
via thepage
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why tout my favorite publisher?
http://archipelagobooks.org/celebrating-erasure-i-mary-ruefle/
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http://www.vianegativa.us/category/poems/pepys-diary-erasure-project/
via zungu
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Those are great. Ruefel's A Little White Shadow is amazing work, as poetry, and too a lovely object.
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on Mary Ruefle’s A Little White Shadow and Jen Bervin’s The Desert (and precursors)
http://jacket2.org/article/defacedrefaced-books

and lifted from the footnotes,
http://jacketmagazine.com/38/macdonald-erasure.shtml

(and meanwhile in crossover literature:
http://www.dreadlockhoax.co.uk/of-one-woman-or-so
rearranging A Room of One's Own
via)
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Great links nnyhav; one of the links shows how Sappho's fragments contain a poetry of their own. Ezra Pound was there first with his poem Papyrus (composed in its entirety of an even more fragmentary Sappho scrap), which some have called the saddest poem in the world:

Spring…
Too Long…
Gongula…

Fortunately for those of us who like happy[ish] endings we still have this poem:

Return, Gongyla

A treasure
your lovely face

if not winter
and no pain

I bid you, Abanthis
take up the lyre
and sing of Gongyla as if again desire
floated around you

the beautiful. When you saw her dress
it excited you. I'm happy
that the Goddess from Kypros once
scolded me

for praying
this word:
I want...
Edited by Cleanthes, Sep 20 2014, 07:57 PM.
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http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2014/12/11/erasing-duchamp/

meanwhile, at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, http://www.brooklynrail.org/2014/12/art/rethinking-duchamp
Edited by nnyhav, Dec 22 2014, 02:36 PM.
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http://booktrek.blogspot.com/2015/01/pesoa.html
in Tagalog, dotting tease and crossing eyes
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Oil: an eraser of Genesis
via wood_s_lot
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OTOH ... what do you do when starting with nothing?
http://www.academiaobscura.com/intentionally-blank/
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Abstract
Common in all areas of publishing, the phrase “This Page is Intentionally Left Blank” has been found in peer-reviewed academic articles costing $30 to access. To the best of our knowledge, this paper represents the first known review of Intentionally Blank Pages (IBPs). We looked at the variations in samples from the existing literature, and quantified the amount of blankness on such pages using a new metric, the “Blankness Defect Rate” (BDR). After showing that most blank pages are defective, we suggest a number of alternatives, factually correct or less ambiguous. Finally, we offer some possible explanations for this phenomenon, including “editor’s block”, a creative impairment similar to the well-known “writer’s block”, and identify avenues for future research on this critical topic.
but, lest it be thought that it doesn't belong in this thread:
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Afterword
It has subsequently come to our attention that ScienceDirect has taken the drastic step of removing all IBPs from its search results. In response to this development, we have taken the decision make these papers publicly available to ensure that these important contributions to science are not lost to future generations of researchers.
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poetic justice*
https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150807/11181931885/hp-asks-heavily-redacted-documents-to-be-sealed-judge-responds-with-heavily-redacted-refusal.shtml

* actually, his brother
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