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Living Streams: Continuity and Change from Rabelais to Joyce


Gerald Gillespie

This book examines how a long line of imaginative writers, starting from Rabelais and continuing over Cervantes and Sterne down to such modernists as Proust, Mann, Joyce, and Barth, has reaffirmed the picture of an enduring Western civilization despite repeated crises and transformations. The humanist capacity to recapture a sense of European greatness as exhibited in Antiquity was paralleled by and continued in the guise of newer vernacular works, achievements regarded as vital forms of a shared cultural rebirth. This was amplified most notably in the tradition of the ironic encyclopedic novel which surveyed the state of successive phases of culture. The evolving heritage and revitalization of the arts constituted main subject matters in the series of major self-conscious epochal movements, the Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Modernism, which Postmodernism reflexively now struggles to supersede.

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New Comparative Poetics

This series publishes contributions which explore new territory in the ever-evolving field of comparative literature. Its monographs, written in English or in French, typically deal with the interaction between various authors, literary genres and societies or cultures, if necessary drawing on literary theory.

The term “comparative” is not restricted to the study of different national literatures. It also refers to comparative studies within a single linguistic culture, e.g. in a multicultural society or a postcolonial country. The series seeks to re-assess the complex relationship between margin and center, emphasizing, whenever possible, a non-Eurocentric perspective.

Series Editor : Marc Maufort,

Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)

Series Titles

No.40 – Gerald Gillespie, Living Streams: Continuity and Change from Rabelais to Joyce, 2018.

No.39 – Danielle Perrot-Corpet, Anne Tomiche, Storytelling et contre-narration en littérature au prisme du genre et du fait colonial (XXe-XXIe s.), 2018.

No.38 – Muguraș Constantinescu, La traduction sous la loupe. Lectures critiques de textes traduits, 2017.

No.37 – Émeline Jouve, Aurélie Guillain et Laurence Talairach-Vielmas (dir.), L’Acte inqualifiable, ou le meurtre au féminin / Unspeakable Acts: Murder by Women, 2016.

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