Congresos y reuniones científicas
Rhizomatic Contact Zone: The Literary Text as an Isomorphic Space
Simposio; 3° Fórum de Partilha Linguística; 2008
Institución organizadora:
Núcleo de Jovens Investigadores de la Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
This presentation aims at communicating some of the findings arrived at within the framework of a research project developed during 2006-2007 and coordinated by Cristina Elgue Martini, PhD, and Alejandra Portela, MA, FL, NUC. The project was entitled ?Rhizomatic Spaces: Literary and Cultural Phenomena as Contact Zones between the Humanities and Sciences? and looked into interfacing networks established between the scientific and literary discourses. This project was inserted within a larger scientific scheme, the European Thematic Network Project, ACUME2, coordinated by Vita Fortunati, PhD, Università di Bologna, for the period 2006-2009. We seek to communicate here the notion that literary works, and other types of texts, can be seen as rhizomatic structures in that they hold internal neuronal networks of intranarrative relations established among certain ideas that correspond to differing discourses but which are juxtaposed in a given context and create semantic webs that integrate meaning. Rhizomatic structures not only favor but also facilitate the creation of isomorphisms out of themes and notions that might not commonly cohere in certain contexts. The concept of interface, understood as a plateau that allows for physical and functional connections and contact among independent systems, has been taken by literary theory from the field of communications technology to replace the notion of influence and, thus, advocate a more dynamic view of complex cultural phenomena. We will be visiting concepts developed by thinkers such as Deleuze, Guattari, Pratt, Lefebvre, among others, and applying them to fiction in the works of Kurt Vonnegut and Thomas McGuane.