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Yves Bonnefoy and Jean-Luc NancyOntological Performance$
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Emily McLaughlin

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198849582

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198849582.001.0001

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In a World of Material Presence, Début et fin de la neige

In a World of Material Presence, Début et fin de la neige

(p.65) 2 In a World of Material Presence, Début et fin de la neige
Yves Bonnefoy and Jean-Luc Nancy

Emily McLaughlin

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates how Bonnefoy experiments with spacious ways of entering into contact with the material world in the snow poems of Début et fin de la neige, published in 1991. It compares how both Bonnefoy and Nancy use the biblical scene of Noli me tangere to reflect on the human desire to grasp a metaphysical essence and on the exhaustion of this desire by the endlessly shifting forms of material existence. Exploring how the loss of an absolute principle inspires a newly spacious conception of touch, the chapter analyses how both Bonnefoy and Nancy foreground the loose and airy interactions that occur between language, sense, and matter in the scene of writing. It explores how they present a spacious form of textual performance as an immersive way of exploring the world’s dynamics of exposition ‘de l’intérieur’.

Keywords:   Yves Bonnefoy, Jean-Luc Nancy, materiality, touch, space, Noli me tangere, snow, immersion

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