CH'IMERA


As described by Homer, the chimera has a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail. This mythical beast has inspired the Oulipo to combine texts in an analogous way, and this in turn has inspired researchers here at NUTS to develop a new treatment for figmentalist texts.

Here we take the nouns, adjectives or verbs from one text and replace them with those from a suitably related text. By this means we can conjure up new meanings in an interactive, yin and yang kind of way.

We begin with Chi Kung, by James MacRitchie, and bring this vibrant text into syntactical resonance with Structures, by J. E. Gordon, and Watt, by Samuel Beckett.

ch'imera 01.01 - spirit

ch'imera 01.02 - paranormal

ch'imera 01.03 - senses

ch'imera 01.04 - fluids

ch'imera 01.05 - meridians

ch'imera 01.06 - correspondences

The focus on the endlessly wondrous notion of ch'i leads us also to distinguish a new sub-species of the Oulipian chimera, marked out by means of the Pointmantreau manoeuvre.


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Paul Taylor 2003