This article examines the numerous water metaphors at work in Rikki Ducornet’s The Fountains of Neptune and suggests that water, being a most mutable substance, is used as an agent of linguistic transformations reminiscent of alchemical transmutations. However, this project, which aims at “substantializing” writing, miscarries as words fail to turn into things. Yet this very failure is what confers its specific and almost magic power on Ducornet’s writing.
Plan de l'article
- Tout corps plongé dans un liquide…
- Dans le bain de la langue
- Vers une substantialisation de l’écriture ?
English abstract on Cairn International Edition
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