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Sjöberg, Sami: "Natura denaturans. Asemicism and Surreal Interconnectedness in the Codex Seraphinianus." In: Image [&] Narrative 20.1 (2019), <http://www.imageandnarr ... ative/article/view/2064> (4. Apr. 2019) 
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Resource type: Web Article
Languages: English
Peer reviewed
BibTeX citation key: 2019b
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Keywords: "Codex Seraphinianus", Avantgarde, Identity, Italy, Randformen des Comics, Representation, Serafini. Luigi, Surrealism
Creators: Sjöberg
Collection: Image [&] Narrative
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Abstract
The Codex Seraphinianus is a visually engaging but indecipherable book, laden with asemic writing and evocative images depicting imaginary species and surreal objects. This essay argues that the script and images are equally asemic, but the latter’s lack of representation is determined in a distinct manner. The strategy is here termed natura denaturans (“nature unnaturing”), denoting a process where recognisable objects are combined in a way that renders them not only unfamiliar but also ‘unnatural’. Hereby the Codex aims to defy the ontological identity and stability of species while indicating what may be hidden in the natural world. The comparative biology of the author and sociologist Roger Caillois suggests that the mind depicting this unnaturality is necessarily a part of the very nature it seeks to cognitively repudiate.
  
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