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The Afterlives of Georges Perec$
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Rowan Wilken and Justin Clemens

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474401241

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401241.001.0001

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What Perec Was Looking For: Notes on Automation, the Everyday and Ethical Writing

What Perec Was Looking For: Notes on Automation, the Everyday and Ethical Writing

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(p.120) Chapter 7 What Perec Was Looking For: Notes on Automation, the Everyday and Ethical Writing
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The Afterlives of Georges Perec
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Caroline Bassett

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401241.003.0007

This chapter considers Perec’s interest in the infra-ordinary, on the one hand, and questions of the machine and automation, on the other. Investigating different ways in which the micro-scale emerges in Perec’s work raises questions around life in relation to (computational) machines – particularly machines that are getting smaller (at once more discreet, and less discrete) – that are becoming ever more important today. This chapter examines the complex relationship between questions of life (the infra-ordinary life with its embedded habits) and questions concerning classification – here understood as a form of automation, as they are raised (and develop very differently) in Perec’s work on the self, the space, the object, and the language game.

Keywords:   Georges Perec, infra-ordinary, automation, ethical writing, the everyday

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