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The Hapax of Mourning: Ali Smith’s Aesthetics of Exception in Artful (2012)

Le hapax du deuil : Ali Smith et l’esthétique de l’exception dans Artful (2012)

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Ali Smith’s Artful innovatively mingles essay and fiction in a playful metatextual variation on Barthes’s ‘death of the author’. As a disruption of ordinary life, grief heralds a state of exception, aptly portrayed by the implosion of narrative structures. Smith’s aesthetics revolve around dissensions from the norm: the storyline features a ghostly dead character and sets an unusual, often comical tone in its bereavement story. Artful’s genre, tone and protagonists could be defined as exceptional, turning ex-centricity into a principle. The exception works as a postmodernist reversal of the norm, twisting the conventions of academic lectures and canonical grief tales.

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hal-03936450 , version 1 (12-01-2023)

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Héloïse Lecomte. The Hapax of Mourning: Ali Smith’s Aesthetics of Exception in Artful (2012). Études britanniques contemporaines - Revue de la Société dʼétudes anglaises contemporaines, 2020, 58, ⟨10.4000/ebc.8201⟩. ⟨hal-03936450⟩
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