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Gaming the Trace: Systems Theory for Comparative Literature

Gaming the Trace: Systems Theory for Comparative Literature Bruce c larke Gaming the Trace Systems Theory for Comparative Literature Situated in the external zone of the Milky Way, the Sun takes about two hundred million years to make a complete revolution of the Galaxy. Right, that’s how long it takes, not a day less,—Qfwfq said,— once, as I went past, I drew a sign at a point in space, just so I could n fi d it again two hundred million years later, when we went by the next time around. . . . I conceived the idea of making a sign, that’s true enough, or rather, I conceived the idea of considering a sign a something that I felt like making, so when, at that point in space and not in another, I made something, meaning to make a sign, it turned out that I really had made a sign, ae ft r all. Italo Calvino The r ece PTio N of The Trace Let’s imagine a beginning similar to the one Calvino’s Qfwfq tells, but more down to Earth. We will begin not with a sign, exactly, but with the trace that precedes the sign. Our origin myth has two versions. In the first myth, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Gaming the Trace: Systems Theory for Comparative Literature

The Comparatist , Volume 37 – May 12, 2013

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Abstract

Bruce c larke Gaming the Trace Systems Theory for Comparative Literature Situated in the external zone of the Milky Way, the Sun takes about two hundred million years to make a complete revolution of the Galaxy. Right, that’s how long it takes, not a day less,—Qfwfq said,— once, as I went past, I drew a sign at a point in space, just so I could n fi d it again two hundred million years later, when we went by the next time around. . . . I conceived the idea of making a sign, that’s true enough, or rather, I conceived the idea of considering a sign a something that I felt like making, so when, at that point in space and not in another, I made something, meaning to make a sign, it turned out that I really had made a sign, ae ft r all. Italo Calvino The r ece PTio N of The Trace Let’s imagine a beginning similar to the one Calvino’s Qfwfq tells, but more down to Earth. We will begin not with a sign, exactly, but with the trace that precedes the sign. Our origin myth has two versions. In the first myth,

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The ComparatistUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: May 12, 2013

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