Rereading a Lover’s discourse
With the aim of exploring the field of digital literature, this project proposes a rereading of A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments (1977), by Roland Barthes, while taking advantage of combinatorial possibilities applied to the fragments that constitute the text. The work in question establishes a discourse about love, which does not merely refer to its description and analysis, but rather proposes its reenactment and recreation. As Barthes states, this network of “dis-cursus” originally implies the action of running everywhere; as comings and goings. Indeed, the “lover” continuously undertakes further actions, intrigues and questions. His speech exists only through language gusts that come in the course of infimum circumstances.
According to this idea, this project gives the reader the possibility to explore the fragments of discourse, and proceed to their recombination, through the reading path that one defines. This reading path starts with a random fragment and is developed by selecting a “figure”, an “author” or by traversing the text at random. The fragments that form this path can then be saved and printed, reconstituting a specific reading and reflection on the lovers discourse.