The Body has ratings and 29 reviews. Elizabeth said: Carl told me I’d love this, that it was the perfect time for me to read it. And I did, and it wa. Jenny Boully (born ) is the author of The Book of Beginnings and Endings ( Sarabande Books, ), The Body: An Essay and [one love affair]* (Tarpaulin. The primary text is dead and gone and the subterranean text is full of dead authors: Jenny Boully’s notes collect fragments from literary and.
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The Body by Jenny Boully
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Bocy Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Body by Jenny Boully. An Essay by Jenny Boully. AN ESSAY is a meditation on absence, loss and disappearance that offers a guarded “narrative” of what may or may not be a love letter, a dream, a spiritual autobiography, a memoir, a scholarly digression, a treatise on the relation of life to book.
Christian Bok describes Boully’s gr Cultural Writing. Christian Bok describes Boully’s groundbreaking text as one that “may simply annotate a fantastic biography from another reality, referring only to itself as a kind of dream within a dream The reader can only fantasize about the original contexts that might have made such information significant to its author, and ultimately, implies that the body of any text consists of nothing but a void-filled with the exegetical projection of our own imagination.
AN ESSAY continues to challenge conventional notions of plot and narrative, genre and form, theory and practice, unremittingly questioning the presumptive boundaries between reflection, imagination, and experience. Boulpy88 pages.
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To ask other readers questions about The Bodyplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Carl told me I’d love this, that it was the perfect time for me to read it. And I did, and it was, though I don’t know that I fully understood or absorbed all of it. Jan 20, Sigrun Hodne rated it it was amazing Shelves: The experience of time translates itself into language, and language translates itself into distance, which translates itself into longing, bod is the realization of time.
The Body, an essay Sometimes texts just boylly me, without me being able to explain why.
But if I, in spite of my incapability, should try The experience of time translates itself into language, and language translates itself into distance, which translates itself into longing, which is the realization of time. But if I, in spite of my incapability, should try to find words for my enthusiasm for The Body I will choose sentences like: Sep 10, Nicole rated it liked it. An Essay by Jenny Boully is definitely boylly intriguing read, but a reading that left me with a feeling of lacking…lacking context, lacking understanding, but also with a feeling of wanting…wanting details, wanting clarity, wanting more.
Her style of writing is poetic and in many cases, beautiful. I oftentimes had to stop reading and quickly write down the page number and footnote, as I was memorized by the words I had just read. Body is a story told through only footnotes. Footnotes that The Body: Within the footnotes, there are repeating themes: Written in the eloquent and often blunt style, these fragments were enough to captivate me and leaving me wanting the larger story — if such a story exists.
I wanted to see how those things connected, the common thread. And maybe it was there the entire time, that boukly. This story is one that cannot be understood fully, I believe, with one reading alone. For me, this was the direct theme of the entire text. Boyd is written, as I mentioned, through footnotes lacking the text in which those footnotes respond to.
The Body: An Essay
The first footnote I mentioned above, footnote 27, reflects on the theme of loss, how it is haunting. As a reader, I felt that thee strongly, as I felt the loss of the main body missing from the text and found myself unsure how exactly to handle that loss. Or, is it a text that, after calling attention to this fact, forces you to move on and try and make sense without the body to guide you?
I cannot answer these questions. An Essay is an intriguing piece of literature that leaves you questioning your foundations, your traditions, in terms of your role as a reader. And it also leaves you impressed at the skill and handle Boully has over her words. Jan 13, Nicole Lynn rated it it was amazing. I’m completely in love with Jenny Boully. I’ve read some of other works before, and I have to say that the line she walks between poetry and essay is nothing short of masterful.
I’m also a sucker for any work that’s dually about language and the inadequacies of language at the same time.
The Body: An Essay by Jenny Boully
The idea of an entire essay expressed without the essay buolly something close to if not sheer brilliance, and it’s also amazing to me obully how jsnny Boully trusts the reader to then, in their own minds, replace th I’m completely in love with Jenny Boully. Nenny idea of an entire essay expressed without the essay is something close jsnny if not sheer brilliance, and it’s also amazing to me just how much Boully trusts the reader to then, in their own minds, replace the narrative that isn’t blatantly written down.
Because Boully pushes thresholds on form and function so much, it’s hard for me to nail down exactly what I would have imagined the essay having been, but there’s a beauty in that kind of non-conformity, too. It could have been any number of things.
The possibilities are only limited by bouloy imagination of the reader. What I found most appealing is the idea this essay suggests in the underneath of it all–that there will always be untold facets of a story, that language is an illusion. Oct 07, Kyle rated it it was amazing. Jun 30, M Casteel rated it it was amazing. A modern classic in the new form of “lyrical essay” writing. She’s a dream that you don’t quite understand.
Oct 11, Max Eichelberger rated it it was ok. I started this at 1: I had three cups of black coffee after dinner, finished reading Ishiguro’s An Artist of the Floating World and it was only a little past 1.
I tried starting Joy Williams’ the Changeling, but because I consider everything she writes to be scripture not “a type of” scripture; literally scripture I had to put it down because I was gody wrong mix of antsy and sleepy. I tried reading the Body. I read a fitful 30 odd pages and somewhat angrily turned off my light wishing I wasn’t so coffee addled. In the morning I took it up again but again couldn’t appreciate the essay though I was and still am desperate to appreciate it and love it and sympathize with Jenny and her sister and Robert Kelly and the cooed fuck you’s.
Ok, so what’s wrong with these words between the bindings? It’s poetry and autobiography and essay and confessional and reference material. A friend jrnny everyone is a friend of no one. The imprint’s catalogue, Essay Press, implies as much. In other words, some footnotes literally write themselves; a problem in its own right. Let’s go through a list of nouns and you’ll have read the essay: Derrida, menstruation, Jacques, pubes, sign and signifier, holes, Levinas, masturbation, and Nabokov.
I want to know her because she wants me to know her so badly but then she plays hard to get and while I love games the game has to be either well played or fresh to get my attention.
Mar 21, Rachael Marks rated it liked it. Beautiful book, I love the idea that it is all written in footnotes, but it is a bit hard to get through because of this. There is a great sense of disconnect. Mar 05, John LaPine rated it really liked it.
Mar 23, Evan rated it really liked it. One quality of a good artist, I think, is the ability to recognize the elements of his artform that he’s weakest at and then construct his style so that he doesn’t have to boullg them Boully’s texts tend to be less plot-driven though the footnotes certainly do produce a plot — a change in a relationship and a character — as the pages turn and more interested in the accrual and juxtaposition of references, externalia, letters, dream imag One quality of a good artist, I think, is the ability to recognize the elements of his artform that he’s weakest at and then construct his style so that he doesn’t have to face them Boully’s texts tend to be less plot-driven though the footnotes certainly do produce a plot — a change in a relationship and a character — as the pages turn and more interested in the accrual and juxtaposition of references, externalia, letters, dream images.
These details’ relationships grow and change, producing a plot more intricate and emotionally engaging than any actions performed by characters could, which is why she’s wise for composing the book entirely of footnotes.
Whatever my issue with the sentimentality of some of the footnotes, I’m so impressed boilly Boully — she makes a mean novel out of juxtaposition, addition and palimpsest, better than a lot of character-driven stuff I’ve read. This is not just a cute trick, a book made entirely out of footnotes; thf a rich and fun book made out of footnotes. Mar 14, Tovah rated it liked it Shelves: I’ve heard bpully lot about this book and was glad to finally get my hands on it. I’m interested in essay play and I was surprised to learn that pieces of this book had been published before as poetry.
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This is gratifying because I think the lines between poetry and essay can often become blurred, bbody for that matter between fiction and nonfiction as well.
For any doubters of that massive, muddled gray zone, The Body is a great piece to test any hard and fast boundaries against. There’s a lot of play I’ve heard a lot about this book and was glad to finally get my hands on it.
There’s a lot of play with language and some playing with ideas. Is there truth to what happened in these pages? There were wisps of a narrative, but I found those strands very hard to keep hold of. It did remind me of David Foster Wallace, who does a superb job of playing with essays via footnotes.
Where DFW uses footnotes to explore alternatives ad infinitum, Boully focused more on absence. What does it mean to be present and what does jenmy mean to miss something. Can you miss something that wasn’t there? The text certainly could use another read through, but at this point I can say that yes, I do miss something that’s not there.