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Narratives of French Modernity

Themes, Forms and Metamorphoses- Essays in Honour of David Gascoigne


Edited By Lorna Milne and Mary Orr

Inspired by the work of their colleague David Gascoigne, a group of scholars from the UK and France examine in this book the narrative strategies of some of the most interesting and important French writers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Stretching chronologically from 1905 to 2005, the volume examines a wide variety of prose genres, from pornography to Bildungsroman to magic realism, as well as poetry. Michel Tournier figures in several of the contributions, emerging as something of a touchstone for many of the thematic preoccupations that are common throughout the period: values and authority, self and other, identity, spirituality, migration and exile, sexuality, the body, violence and war, and language. The authors also examine the flourishing of intertextuality, as well as the use of traditional forms, such as mythical structures and the ‘robinsonade’, to undermine authoritative ‘métarécits’. Probing these themes and forms, and their metamorphoses across 100 years, the essays demonstrate a striking degree of continuity, linking writers as different as Apollinaire and Houellebecq or Valéry and Fleutiaux, and highlight the difficulty of dividing the period neatly into chronologically ordered categories labelled ‘modern’ or ‘postmodern’.


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David Gascoigne: Publications Books (as sole author) Michel Tournier (Oxford & Washington, DC: Berg, 1996), 234 pp. The Games of Fiction: Georges Perec and Modern French Ludic Narrative (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2006), 327 pp. Edited books (as sole editor) Le Moi et ses espaces (Caen: Presses Universitaires de Caen, 1997), 182 pp. Violent Histories: Violence, Culture and Identity in France from Surrealism to the Néo- polar (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2007), 207 pp., with an Introduction by David Gascoigne, ‘France’s violent histories’ (pp. 9–27) Book chapters ‘Telling Her Story: Directions in French Feminist Fiction’, in Contemporary France: A Review of Interdisciplinary Studies, vol. 3, ed. J. Howorth and G. Ross (New York & London: Pinter, 1989), pp. 96–113 ‘Michel Tournier’, in Beyond the Nouveau Roman: Essays on the Contemporary French Novel, ed. M. Tilby (New York, Oxford & Munich: Berg, 1990), pp. 64–99 ‘Patrick Grainville’, in Beyond the Nouveau Roman: Essays on the Contemporary French Novel, ed. M. Tilby (New York, Oxford & Munich: Berg, 1990), pp. 229–55 318 David Gascoigne: Publications ‘Commentaire sur un extrait du Roi des aulnes de Michel Tournier’, in Écritures auto- biographiques et romanesques, ed. C. Henry (Dublin, 1992), pp. 131–48 ‘Entre les géométries et la jungle: quelques espaces du moi dans Le Procès-verbal de J.-M. Le Clézio’, in Le Moi et ses espaces, ed. D. J. Gascoigne (1997), pp. 59–76 ‘Le Souf f le de l’autorité: à propos du Vent Paraclet de Michel Tournier’, in Voix, Traces, Avènement:...

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