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Main streams and fine rivers : thinking the aporetics of edge

Pont, Antonia 2009, Main streams and fine rivers : thinking the aporetics of edge, in AAWR 2009 : The margins and mainstreams papers : the refereed proceedings of the 14th conference of the Australian Association of Writing Programs, [AAWP], [Hamilton, N.Z.], pp. 1-8.

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Title Main streams and fine rivers : thinking the aporetics of edge
Author(s) Pont, Antonia
Conference name The Australian Association of Writing Programs Conference (14th : 2009 : Hamilton, New Zealand)
Conference location Hamilton, New Zealand
Conference dates 26-28 Nov. 2009
Title of proceedings AAWR 2009 : The margins and mainstreams papers : the refereed proceedings of the 14th conference of the Australian Association of Writing Programs
Editor(s) Freiman, Marcelle
Brien, Donna Lee
Publication date 2009
Conference series Australian Association of Writing Programs Conference
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 9
Publisher [AAWP]
Place of publication [Hamilton, N.Z.]
Keyword(s) aporias
event
rhizomes
Summary This paper takes up the question (reframed by Deleuze and Guattari) of where expansion takes place: at the ends or from the centre. Despite the connotations of mediocrity that can be attributed to the term ‘mainstream’, it is possible to rethink what happens at close range as the space of radical openings. Writers can often believe that what is most abnormal or fringe will produce the highest probability of creative ‘event’. The question, however, can be posed – framed by the lineage of deconstruction – whether the key to unlocking any system of totality or closed possibility may lie in a very central (although physically peripheral) location. If, instead of the classical image, expansion may occur from re-imagined ‘middles’ rather than conventional ‘margins’, this reading of where potential can arise may offer a more resilient model than that of fragile peripheries, forever exposed to being amputated from staid centres of status and restricted participation. Drawing on the writings of Deleuze and Guattari, Derrida and Badiou, this paper seeks to unsettle any simplistic approach to the notion of edge, reinscribing it within the repetitiveness of our situations, to argue that right in the middle of the so-called mainstream, there might be the fine rivers of aporia that when encountered in thought can constitutes gates to that which is most radical in writing and other creative practices.
ISBN 9780980757323
Language eng
Field of Research 220317 Poststructuralism
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Australian Association of Writing Programs
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30041009

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