I begin this project in medias res, with a question that may seem somewhat auxiliary, but that nonetheless proved fundamental to my primary question: how do we define “shape?” More specifically, I feel that before I begin to answer my question, “What is the shape of Les guérillères?,” I need to know the difference between “shape” and “form,” a distinction made in class while discussing this question, and one that I still haven’t quite pinned down. A quick online search yielded both definitions. Shape, I learned, is “the external form or appearance characteristic of something”; form, on the other hand, is something’s “visible shape or configuration.” And so upon first trying to solve this problem, I met a tautological impasse: shape is “an external form,” while form, on the other hand, is “the visible shape.” Having made, I thought, no significant progress in distinguishing the two terms, and stuck on this first step, I felt prevented from moving forward...
Gregory, Chase. "That Infinite Sphere’: Paradox, Paralepsis, and Parody in Les guérillères." (2016) : 19-35.