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The Singularity of Reading

Abstract : ‘The Singularity of Reading’ explores the issues of creativity and influence in the art of the novel. The works of various writers are examined, such as Kafka, Philip Roth and Adam Thirlwell, for whom the process of fiction writing and reception challenge the notion of originality. Thus, the relationship between authors and literary traditions is investigated in order to emphasise the pivotal role played by the act of reading. As such, reading appears to be the cornerstone of literary creation, understood both as a guide for continuity and a driving impetus for appropriation and reivention. By focusing on reading as an integral part to the act of writing, we elaborate on the idea that the evolution of the novel as a form illustrates the mutability of its history and highlights the liberty for any author to reinvent past forms.
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Florian Beauvallet. The Singularity of Reading. Représentations dans le monde anglophone, CEMRA, 2017. ⟨hal-02443569⟩

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