- n. an immovable joint (especially between the bones of the skull)
“The Absurd: The soft sutura is the quirk of the absurd.”
“The soft sutura is an absurd incongruity in the text, something that “would not happen” in such a context.”
“The sutura is a special case perhaps, because it runs the gamut from Pinteresque conversational/behavioural non sequiturs like in THE BIRTHDAY PARTY (where the disruption of conventional conversational logic is designed to force a re-evaluation of the system itself, a search for a truer logic of human interactions) to out-and-out breaches of causality like in BUFFET FROID.”
“I should probably have updated this with a note that I've since dubbed the pataphysical quirk the "sutura" -- see "Notes Toward a Theory of Narrative Modality".”
“Where the narrative represents events that contravene these we have four flavours of quirk respectively (expanding on Suvin's coinage/exaptation of "novum" and following his naming strategy): sutura; chimera; erratum; novum.”
“It is, at the very least, distinctly not contingent on what “did happen” (a non sequitur); as this hardens to a contingency on such developments not happening, the soft sutura acquires a “could not happen” modality, becomes a sutura proper.”
“We might speculate that all these views are identifying different aspects of a (soft) sutura monstrum, that what they point to is a strategy of rendering the monstrum dysfunctional by binding it to a sutura with a modality of “would not happen”.”
“For a sutura: Because it is one of the numerous things that could happen if you suspend your belief (your belief being equal to your suspension of disbelief when it comes to fiction) in the necessity of strictly logical concatenation of events in a story.”
“We might perhaps stretch and blur the strictures of logic to cover the cold calculus of survival, see in the hero's embrace of death a soft sutura, a breach of human nature's basic imperative to live.”
“To do so either way is to create a sutura, a breach of logic, a rupturing of the integrity of the system of narrative itself.”
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