Georges Perec and Roman Opalka: From the Final Gaze to the Defeat of Death

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Cincinnati Romance Review


When depicting the Final Gaze, Georges Perec and Roman Opalka emphasize equally the ergon and parergon in both literature and painting. My argument is that the Final Gaze is a metaphor for continuity and a source of inspiration in art, it progresses into a new form of contemplation and delineates into a specific line of reasoning among artists and writers. In addition, exploratory theories, such as the “death of the aura” and “disinterest in art,” defined by Walter Benjamin and Jacques Derrida, help us expend this metaphor. My work promotes the idea that the Final Gaze is not about death or destruction, it is about the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new one.