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19 August 2023

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19 August 2023

9:00 AM

The Baudelaire Fractal Lisa Robertson

Peninsula Press, pp.160, 10.99

The shared etymology of the words ‘text’, ‘textile’ and ‘texture’ – from the Latin verb textere, ‘to weave’ – has long been a fertile subject, its thread running through the work of theorists such as Roland Barthes, Julia Kristeva, Hélène Cixous, Gilles Deleuze (from whom one of the epigraphs for this book is taken) and others.

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