Cioran's providential bicycle

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E.M. Cioran's bicycle, which represented for him a cure for the insomnia that had tormented him for approximately seven years, is the focal point of this essay. Hugh Kenner cleverly labeled the human on a bicycle the "Cartesian Centaur,̧ as it represents the culmination of human cognition with an exteriorized, tool-like enhancement. Inspired by Kenner's reading of bicycles in Samuel Beckett, this speculative analysis triangulates the bicycle, Cioran, and Beckett in order to assess the symbolic, aesthetic, pragmatic, and philosophical value of this modern apparatus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-54
Number of pages4
JournalRevista Transilvania
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Literature and Literary Theory


  • Bicycle
  • Descartes
  • E.M. Cioran
  • Hugh Kenner
  • Insomnia
  • Paul Fournel
  • René
  • Samuel Beckett


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