Intertextuality, Language, and the Ludic in the Novels of Jean-Philippe Toussaint
Chapter 2. La Salle de bain: (Re)cycling Through Time
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LA SALLE DE BAIN
(Re)cycling Through Time
Semantics and the Saugrenu
Ludic lexical fields and semantic incongruities constitute key elements of the narrative style of La Salle de bain. One of the very first scenes readers encounter in La Salle de bain exemplifies incongruity in using elements considered saugrenus, or out of place. The narrator has been spending so much time in the bathroom that it has become his living room, the bathtub his couch. Thus, Edmondsson decides that it is time to alert his parents. The narrator’s mother shows up, and since he refuses to leave the bathroom, she must go in:
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