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A Huge Thing

Wood, Sarah (2013) A Huge Thing. Oxford Literary Review, 35 (1). pp. 79-88. ISSN 0305-1498. E-ISSN 1757-1634. (doi:10.3366/olr.2013.0058) (KAR id:52904)


The fiction of the world is a huge thing because it is in Derrida's words ‘the only thing that can make it possible that I can live and have or let you live, enjoy or have or let you enjoy, to carry you for a few minutes without anything happening,’ in a movement of farewell without beginning, without mourning, with the irresistible force of a whirlpool, or a maelstrom: what Poe calls ‘the immense sweeps and swelters of the whirl.’ The maelstrom sweeps, it is an immense sweep, a sweeping away, it is ‘going going away, leaving no trace.’ Throw away your watch; let go the iron ring.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3366/olr.2013.0058
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: Sarah Wood
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2015 07:29 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:22 UTC
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Wood, Sarah.

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