Splinters of Being: Fernando Pessoa as Multiple Singularity


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dc.contributor.author Thurston, Luke
dc.date.accessioned 2009-03-09T10:45:03Z
dc.date.available 2009-03-09T10:45:03Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Thurston , L 2008 , ' Splinters of Being: Fernando Pessoa as Multiple Singularity ' Qui Parle , vol 17 , no. 1 , pp. 1-18 . en
dc.identifier.issn 1041-8385
dc.identifier.other PURE: 99171
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/1899
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1899
dc.identifier.uri http://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/pages/Journals_Permissions.aspx en
dc.identifier.uri http://www.jstor.org/stable/20685730 en
dc.description Thurston, Luke, 'Splinters of Being: Fernando Pessoa as Multiple Singularity', Qui Parle, 17, 1 (2008), 1-18 en
dc.description.abstract “We’re splinters & mosaics; not, as they used to hold, immaculate, monolithic, consistent wholes,” wrote Virginia Woolf in her diary. We should pause over the two terms neatly joined by Woolf’s ampersand, for they suggest different, perhaps antithetical, ways of thinking about the self. A mosaic, after all, is precisely an arrangement of “splinters,” an assembly of fragments into a new totality or consistency. Today we might see in that difference an index of contrasting aspects of Woolf’s own writing-identity: stylistic innovation on the one hand, personal fragmentation on the other. But Woolf’s sense, at least in her diary note, of the difference between an outdated “whole” self and a modern fragmentary one is not an anxious but an enthusiastic, almost jubilant one. The demise of the “monolithic” Victorian ego was, in her eyes, something to be celebrated, for it corresponded to a liberation from the “ill-fitting vestments” of nineteenth-century prose, with its conventional structures of plot, character, and “plausibility” tailor-made to constrict or misrepresent reality and falsify the “myriad impressions” of the human psyche. For Woolf this aesthetic liberation was, moreover, not simply a matter of literary style. It encompassed a whole new contact with life, beyond the “tyrant” self (an echo there, perhaps, of Freud on “his majesty the ego”), a tyrant that had for so long ruled over social interaction and reduced the existence of the Other to a prescriptive narrative of the Same. en
dc.format.extent 18 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Qui Parle en
dc.title Splinters of Being: Fernando Pessoa as Multiple Singularity en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.contributor.institution Department of English and Creative Writing en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en

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