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Jumping River Novel


Writing performance.

1 HR


The Encyclopaedia Britannica defines roman-fleuve (French for “river-novel”) as "a series of novels, each one complete in itself, that deals with one central character, an era of national life, or successive generations of a family," a sweeping serial production premised on the exorbitant accumulation of inputs. Evidently, this literary genre demands a great amount of resources, including time, space, and material. How can those who lack similar resources fulfill the same purpose?

In jumping-river-novel, the form of the river-novel is turned into a gesture of performative writing taking two suicide cases as starting points to reflect upon human agency and the inexorability of life. At the end of the performance, the whole text will be deleted word by word.

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