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Humanities 2018, 7(2), 55; https://doi.org/10.3390/h7020055

Approaching Impersonal Life with Clarice Lispector

Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, The State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260-4620, USA
Received: 9 March 2018 / Revised: 25 May 2018 / Accepted: 25 May 2018 / Published: 31 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Encounters Between Philosophy and Literature II)
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Abstract

Clarice Lispector’s concern with writing life beyond the limits of identity and representation leads her to posit the univocity of being in a series of surprising corporeal and linguistic gestures to reveal a fundamental shift in time. I explore the convergence between this project in Lispector and both major and minor terms in the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze (from “encounter” and “immanence” to “savage” and “birth”), shedding light on some fundamental aspects of the latter’s transcendental empiricism. Furthermore, focusing especially on the 1973 fiction Água Viva, I show that Lispector’s work insists on impersonal life’s relational condition, which extends to the creation of an original reader-writer relationship, through a mode of receptivity beyond meaning in which feminine and natal approaches are crucial. View Full-Text
Keywords: Lispector; Deleuze; life; impersonal; univocity; immanence; sauvage; cry; time; birth; feminine; relation; language; reading; writing; Água Viva Lispector; Deleuze; life; impersonal; univocity; immanence; sauvage; cry; time; birth; feminine; relation; language; reading; writing; Água Viva
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