Tuesday, August 21

dreams, fantasy and outsideness

"Only when I retell a dream or a fantasy can it become finalized or (in Bakhtin's sense) artistic. In that case, however, I become not the author but a "hero" of the fantasy (I am now the author of the act of retelling). [...] "the first act of the artist [or reteller] is to invest the leading hero with a body" [...] a body with "surroundings". Fundamentally, creative art is produced not as a response to unconscious bodily frustration but as an act of conscious embodiment. Once something has a body, the artist can be "outside" it and the aesthetic is born."
Morson/Emerson, Mikhail Bakhtin - Creation of a Prosaics, p. 188.

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