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An Errant EyePoetry and Topography in Early Modern France$
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Tom Conley

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669646

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669646.001.0001

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A Tactile Eye

A Tactile Eye

(p.201) Conclusion: A Tactile Eye
An Errant Eye

Tom Conley

University of Minnesota Press

This concluding chapter explains that the authors and works taken in this text have been set under a totem, the snail of the emblem of Gilles Corozzet’s Hécatomgraphie. It emerges from a stony lair as it moves into the landscape in the light of day. Resembling the pupil of an eye, it goes forward with the spiral line of its shell form turns inward, back, and around itself, into what one might imagine to be the “opaque depths of the inner folds” of itself. The snail whose shell casts its gaze looks ahead as it were, with a sense of touch. The chapter describes how the topographical eye exudes strangeness, an alterity at once to itself or its body and to its milieu. The linkage it convokes between itself and the world at large is shown in the division between hearing and seeing and that of being and moving.

Keywords:   Gilles Corrozet, Hécatomgraphie, pupil, snail, topographical eye

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