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Ritið 2/11 - 2011

Guðni Elísson: Outer Darkness. Forbidden Lists in the Poetry of Sjón

In his works the Icelandic writer Sjón frequently makes use of the surrealist method of refusing ready–made meaning by evoking a new kind of time, space and language "in the moment of their arising – in a kind of original space, with mythical evidence", to quote Jacqueline Chénieux–Gendron. This paper focuses on the ways Sjón attempts to convey this mystical experience in his poetry, a sense of magic, through the use of lists.

Keywords: Sjón, poetry, surrealism, lists, theurgy.

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