call: athleticism and its discontents

yoga stretches in doorways
in rooms that separate sleep from
eating and
writing and
only for a few minutes
after crawling out of the insect sac
getting a back ache while writing
after 10 hours
looking in the mirror
doing the 8 Brocades

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‘Sportif au lit’: Athleticism and Its Discontents

Inaugural Colloquium: April 1-3, 2016     |     The Wedding Space, Berlin

Deadline for papers and other work: March 1, 2016

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In “Literature and Life,” Gilles Deleuze refers to Henri Michaux’s “Athlete in bed” poem to explain what he means when he calls literature athletic. Bedridden due to chronic illness, Michaux could barely walk, but in his dreams he is an olympic skater, a diver, a swimmer, skilled almost beyond imagination. As soon as he closes his eyes, he is an extraordinary athlete. Deleuze describes literature as athletic by means of flight and defection– a ‘minor’ athleticism that flirts with madness in order to uproot dominance and oppression. In other places, like his book on painter Francis Bacon, Deleuze has borrowed the term “affective athleticism” from Antonin Artaud to articulate the intense disfiguration that attempts to manifest in painting. In his own manifestos on theater…

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