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Time for a Break Conference

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Emmanuelle Lescouët participates in the colloquium "le temps d'une pause" organized by ADELFIES of McGill University
March 25, 2022 registration link

🟣Catching one's breath, changing the tempo: pauses intrude everywhere, even in the most regular streams, structuring sentences, texts and discourse. As part of its 14th student colloquium, the Association des étudiants-e-s en langue et littérature françaises inscrit-e-s aux études supérieures de l'Université McGill (ADELFIES) invites you to reflect on the pause that constitutes, marks, delimits, and even breaks literary texts.🟣

Emmanuelle Lescouët will talk about "Text pause or literary incursion into the flow"

Digital literature has invaded multiple media and interfaces, whether dedicated to it or not (Hayles, 2007). In this second category, it has been able to mix with other digital actions in everyday life. Thus, when we are on social networks, the primary use is not (or rarely) that of reading: yet, literature manages to find its place in news feeds and other profiles. The same goes for messaging interfaces and their chatbots, or for our notification center when a protagonist takes place there.

Now, through these interruptions without direct links to the reality mediated in these environments, literature creates a more or less short parenthesis in the flow of action on a medium that is nevertheless not dedicated to it (like a smartphone). This is what I intend to develop during this paper. Le rapport que nous entretenons avec ces lieux numériques devenus nos lieux de vie (Agostini-Marchese, 2020), où nos services de messagerie sont intimes parce qu’ils font le pont avec nos proches : que deviennent-ils lorsqu’ils nous servent à échanger avec des protagonistes fictifs ? Une question similaire se pose également sur les réseaux sociaux.

Tout d’abord, je m’attarderai sur les supports et les moyens d’envahissements employés par les œuvres narratives; je me pencherai ensuite sur les mécaniques de lecture déployées et l’immersion qui peut être mise en place.

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