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Literature is Teratology: the aesthetics of Mircea Cartarescu's aberrant images

Grant number: 21/01238-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2021
Effective date (End): May 31, 2025
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Literature Theory
Principal researcher:Fábio Rigatto de Souza Andrade
Grantee:Caio Vinicius Russo Nogueira
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil

Abstract

This is a research that aims to understand, through an immanent analysis, the aesthetics of images in the novel Nostalgia by contemporary Romanian writer Mírcea Crtrescu ([1993], 2018). Linked to the procedures of formal experimentation bequeathed by Modernism, Nostalgia, Mircea Crtrescu's first work in prose ([1993], 2018) proposes itself, at first, as a rupture from the romanesque genre as sedimented by the nineteenth-century tradition. Divided into five autonomous narratives, connected by its notably imagetic style in which the avowed presence, throughout the work, of modernist authors such as Marcel Proust and Max Blecher stands out, Nostalgia can be read from any of its parts. About the composition of images in Nostalgia, in the dialectic between form and in-form, we can circumscribe it, preambularly, in the anamorphic and aberrant way with which the Romanian writer describes the scenes and elaborates the visually oneiric and delirious atmosphere that runs through the whole novel. It is also worth noting the complex inter-art relationship, from visual arts to music to romantic and modern literature, woven throughout the novel's five narratives. With this panorama in mind, the intended analysis is based, above all, on the concepts and works of Gilles Deleuze, Georges Didi-Huberman, and Jacques Rancière. In this sense, we believe it is possible to problematize, through the material analysis of the formal procedures used by Crtrescu, the concept of literary image in a theoretical-aesthetic reflection that will seek, in the development of the research, to highlight the possibility of speaking of a visuality immanent to literary writing as the creation of sensitive images, i.e., affections and percepts.

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