The visual text

Brian Baker

in Iain Sinclair

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780719069048
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700891 | DOI:
The visual text

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This chapter discusses the intense visual imagery that has become characteristic of Sinclair's poetry. It considers the visual apparatus of Sinclair's major works, including Slow Chocolate Autopsy. It also studies the importance of the cinematic and visual, the diagrammatic mapping of fictional texts, Sinclair's geometric conception of urban space, and the visual components of Sinclair's texts. This chapter also identifies the strategies Sinclair uses to improve the effects of the ‘semantic drag’, which is a retardation of the narrative and syntactic flow caused by the intensity of the individual sentence.

Keywords: visual imagery; visual apparatus; Slow Chocolate Autopsy; diagrammatic mapping; fictional texts; geometry; urban space; visual components; semantic drag; syntactic flow

Chapter.  7568 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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