Words are never transparent

“One does not look through writing onto reality – as through a clean or dirty window-pane. Words are never transparent. They create their own space, the space of experience, not that of existence… Clarity, in my view, is the gift of the way space, created by words in a given text, is arranged. The task of arranging this space is not unlike that of furnishing and arranging a home. The aim is similar: to accommodate with ease what belongs there and to welcome those who enter. There are hospitable and inhospitable writings. Hospitality and clarity go together.” (J. Berger 1992: 241-242)

Ref: Berger quoted p.6 Kim Dovey (1999) Framing Places: Mediating power in built form. Routledge: London and New York.

Reference is to: Berger, J. (1992) Keeping a Rendezvous, Harmondsworth: Penguin

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About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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