The Arachnean and Other Texts

Written by Fernand Deligny; Drew S. Burk (translator); Catherine Porter (translator);
Written by Fernand Deligny
Translated by Drew S. Burk and Catherine Porter
Introdcution by Bertrand Ogilvie

Univocal Publishing, February 2015

The Arachnean and Other Texts by Fernand Deligny (1913-1996) is a collection of writings from the second half of the 1970s. In 1968, Deligny created a “network” for informally taking care of children with autism that was more than a mere site of living: it was a milieu created out of a reflection on the mode of being autistic. What is a space perceived outside of language? What is the form of a movement without perspective or goal? How do we engage with a world that is not our own, a world turned upside down yet truly common, where acting cohabitates with our actions and the unknown with our forms of knowledge? Such is the mythical web of the “Arachnean,” made of lines, holes, traces, enigmas, and questions without answers that demand to see that which cannot be seen. Long before the digital age of social networks, meshworks and digital webs, Fernand Deligny speaks to us in his own autobiographical and aphoristic manner of his life in a network. For Deligny, his life was always lived in the form of  “the network as a mode of being.”

About the Author

Fernand Deligny was an experimental educator, novelist, and essayist known for his innovative work with children with severe autism. His creative practice concerning "the network as a mode of being" has influenced a variety of disciplines and thinkers.


This book received support from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States through their publishing assistance program.

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