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Je Nathanael

by Nathalie Stephens

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Je Nathanal is an endangered text. Neither essay nor poem nor novel nor sex-show, what it takes from language it gives back to the body. Through Nathanal, Andr GideÕs absent, imagined and much desired apprentice in Les nourritures terrestres (Fruits of the Earth), this text explores ways in which language constrains the body, shackles it to gender, and proposes instead an altogether different way of reading, where words are hermaphroditic and in turn transform desire (consequence). Suggesting that one body conceals another,Je Nathanal lends an ear to this other body and delights in the anxiety it provokes.
Parts of the book were originally written in French, other parts in English. Some parts exist in one language only. As such, it is truly a hybrid text and throws itself into question as it acts upon itself in translation. It is both originator and recipient of its own echo. In this regard it does not, can not exist, pulls insistently away from itself in an attempt to draw attention to the very things it seeks to conceal. In this way, Je Nathanal is a book of paradox, negating itself as it comes into being.

 

About the Author
Nathalie Stephens (Nathanaël) writes l'entre-genre in English and French and is the author of several books, including The Sorrow and the Fast of It, Carnet de désaccords, Paper City, Je Nathanaël and the essay of correspondence, Absence Where As (Claude Cahun and the Unopened Book). She lives in Chicago.
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