Terreur et théologie: Paulhan, Scarry, Novarina
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Valere Novarina occupies an unusual position with respect to Jean Paulhan and his concept of literary "terror". On the one hand, the aim of his poetics is innovative and iconoclastic; on the other, he venerates a rhetorical tradition dating back to the ancients in which rhetoric and theology are inextricably interwoven. The result is a fascination with different formal techniques of linguistic propagation and a corresponding theology of creation modelled on the first book of the bible. Adapting Elaine Scarry's commentary linking the body and belief in Genesis, this article shows how her analyses illuminate Novarina's theatrical aesthetics.