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Glossary of Literary Theory
by Greig E. Henderson and Christopher Brown

Pleasure / bliss:

Roland Barthes's distinction between the texte de plaisir (pleasure) and the texte du jouissance (bliss, ecstasy, orgasm). The former refers to the "readable" traditional novel, the latter to the "unreadable" modern novel. The traditional realist novel may offer the pleasure of coherence, but only the new novel allows the reader to luxuriate orgasmically in a world of incoherence, contradiction, and illogicality.


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