Unreal Nature

November 13, 2015

He Juxtaposes

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… A convention is a set of conditions … which the author involuntarily sets between himself and those to whom he is sending a message.

This is from Bowstring: On the Dissimilarity of the Similar by Viktor Shklovsky; translated by Shushan Avagyan (1970; 2011):

… What is the riddle’s answer? It is derivation of meaning. According to Hegel, the riddle consists of “individual traits of character and properties drawn from the otherwise known external world and, as in nature and in externality generally, lying there scattered outside one another, they are associated together in a disparate and therefore striking way. As a result they lack a subject embracing them together [as predicates] into a unity …” This disparity of signs hinders the immediate solution as to which whole they all belong to.

In veiling the whole, the riddle forces us to rearrange the signs of a given object, thus showing the possibility of diversity, the possibility to combine the previously irreconcilable in new semantic arrangements.

The great Sancho Panza said that he would rather be given the answer first and the riddle afterwards.

Quixo-panza

[ … ]

… An artist creates his own structures of art. Consciously and sometimes unconsciously in his attempts to discern reality, he selects structures, defines the borders and interrelations of selected, juxtaposed meanings. He juxtaposes and compares the various structures of art, transferring the laws of one structure into the realm of another …

… You will frequently come across the word “convention” in this book. It should not be confused with the concept of structure.

A convention is a set of conditions through which structures correlate with one another, and which the author involuntarily sets between himself and those to whom he is sending a message.

My previous post from Shklovsky’s book is here.

-Julie

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