Why Changing Makes the Differance
Jacques Derrida and Sir Orfeo: Key Concepts
- Differance: and Metonymy
- Transformation: and Metaphor
II. Holes in the Fabric of Narrative:
And the Narrator
- Inarticulate Bodies
- Chaos/Quest Narratives: Immediacy and Mediation
For those who have read the Booke of Margery Kempe, this very well appears to be an apt description of not only her narrative but her life; certainly she records that was told so by many of her contemporaries. Whether we accept the hypothesis I offered earlier that Kempe suffered from Manic Depression or Schizophrenia, or that she had some other (possible mystic) condition, her writing certainly reflects a mind that cannot articulate or perform herself according to convention. At times she seems to follow norms, other times she takes them to extremes or chooses ones deemed inappropriate for her, while many times she performs multiple things that appear to enact many contradictory things at once and many that cannot be put into words; in part an explanation for her repetition of events. It is often said that trauma simultaneously disturbs the organization of memory thus drawing the person to repeat the act of their traumatization in various ways, so too Kempe repeatedly enacts and records her own queer disorientation.
- Queer Objects of Orientations
Trekking somewhat inexplicably from Jerusalem to India, Coryate attests that his long journey afoot was motivated out of a desire (1) to see the Great Mugal, (2) to Ride and Elephant and (3) to see/touch the Grave of the King of Corners. Despite these particulars however, Coryate is addicted to detours (if in fact his whole trip could not be characterized as such) and his (objects of) orientations swerve as much as he does.
Certainly his book he rejoices in as part of himself and is elated to find that just as he traveled bodily to India, so too did a copy of his writing. He requests a drawing be made of him on the elephant which he rides, in a way demonstrating how he becomes-familiar with the animal as he performs their mutual strangeness. In this way “bodies acquire the very shape of such direction” and changes also what we/he defines as the perimeters of that body. In that way, desire, disorientation and non-residence lead to dancing onward between boundaries, insides and outsides, as well as bodies can create something like a queer identity. Likewise, it is through this constant exchange the queer body serves a kind of moving home. “Becoming part of a space where one has expanded one’s body saturating the space with bodily matter” Ahmed adds, defining “home as overflowing and flowing over.”
- The Marriage of Heaven and Hell : The Tearful Revolution of Paradoxes
- The Ethics of Elfland : The Playful Adventure of Paradoxes
While a stalwart rationalist, Chesterton argues that it is the joy of wonder, of not knowing the totality of things, or rather knowing that at some point / way the "Law" cannot be justified by even its own sense of "Law" that it exists out of a unlawful proposal, or a playful self-reference (as there is no law without it). Out of this "Ethic of Elfland" by which we admit the rational need for the irrational order, and the surprise that what exists as such exists at all as such, we will find all our rational deductions and poetic revolutions ironically affirmed. We play in Elfland out of the rule that somethings must be, for the moment tentatively allowed to become set, if only for the time of game before they are transformed: "To be allowed, like Endymion, to make love to the moon and then to complain that Jupiter kept his own moons in a harem seemed to me (bred on fairy tales like Endymion’s) a vulgar anti-climax."
“Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change.”
He thought of change itself as an unchangeable groove; and so it is. Change is about the narrowest and hardest groove that a man can get into. The main point here, however, is that this idea of a fundamental alteration in the standard is one of the things that make thought about the past or future simply impossible.