Figural Discourse and the Moving Image
“Here, then, is a paradox: how can a figural discourse—invested by the forms of desire, offering the illusion of fulfillment—perform the function of truth?”
Jean-François Lyotard, Discourse, Figure, 277.
“Perhaps it is no more than an accident that in our two oldest examples figura occurs in combination with nova; but even if accidental, it is significant, for the notion of the new manifestation, the changing aspect, of the permanent runs through the whole history of the word.”
Erich Auerbach, “Figura,” Scenes from the Drama of European Literature, 12.