28 January 2008

Crumpled Space

“Everything in them [minor literatures] is political. In major literatures, in contrast, the individual concern (familial, marital, and so on) joins with other no less individual concerns, the social milieu serving as a mere environment or a background . . . Minor literature is completely different; its crumpled space forces each individual intrigue to connect immediately to politics. The individual concern thus becomes all the more necessary, indispensable, magnified, because a whole other story is vibrating with it. In this way, the family triangle connects to other triangles—commercial, economic, bureaucratic, juridical—that determine its values”

Deleuze, Gilles and Felix Guattari. Kafka: Toward a Minor Literature, trans Dana Polan. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1986. 17.


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