research product . 2021

Depicting Absence: Thematic and Stylistic Paradoxes of Representation in Visual and Literary Imagery

Irimia, Alexandra;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2021
  • Publisher: Scholarship@Western
  • Country: Canada
Abstract
The article draws up an inventory of, and compares strategies for, the theoretical and critical treatment of the absence–presence interplay at stake in the literary and visual representations of absence. This brings to our attention a multiplicity of heterogeneous and, to a greater or lesser degree, marginal signify-ing phenomena that have in common patterns of disrupting and deviating from the standard conventions of creating and conveying meaning through figures of absence. Lacking a name for these disparate yet similar instances where meaning is created from empty signifiers, we have chosen to call them figural voids. This attempt to produce a critical invent...
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free text keywords: conceptual art, literature, cinema, figures of absence, empty signifier, incorporeal, semiotics, French theory, Aesthetics, Arts and Humanities, Comparative Literature, European Languages and Societies, Other Film and Media Studies, Philosophy of Language, Rhetoric and Composition, Visual Studies
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