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Narratives of French Modernity

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

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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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Index of Names Ajar, Émile (Romain Gary) 37 Akhmatova, Anna 292 Allais, Alphonse 59–60 Althusser, Louis 177 Andersen, Hans Christian 191 Anouilh, Jean 187 Apollinaire, Guillaume 7–8, 11, 12, 15, 18, 20, 22–3, 25, 27, 47–66, 153–4 Aquinas, Thomas 291, 294 Aragon, Louis 49, 66 Aretino, Pietro 47 Artaud, Antonin 6 Attila the Hun 304 Bach, Johann Sebastian 291, 292, 296, 297 Bachelard, Gaston 177, 257, 259 Bacon, Francis 288 Baffo, Giorgio 47 Bakhtin, Mikhail 29, 231, 248 Balzac, Honoré de 26n, 81, 89, 94, 96, 107, 121, 135n Banville, Théodore de 156 Barrie, James Matthew 216 Barthes, Roland 10, 23, 24, 29, 88–9, 92, 94, 95n, 96, 97, 101–2, 104, 105n, 179 187, 198 Bataille, Georges 60, 62, 64, 209 Baudelaire, Charles 47, 55, 57, 135, 137, 149, 153, 154, 156, 157, 165–6, 170, 192, 292 Beauvoir, Simone de 177 Bélime, Eugène 90 Ben Jelloun, Tahar 145 Bergson, Henri 177 Berl, Emmanuel 123 Billy, André 123 Blanchot, Maurice 284n, 290 Bloom, Harold 31n, 238n Bloy, Léon 191 Boccacio, Giovanni 57 Bonaparte, Napoleon 98–9 Bonhoeffer, Dietrich 314–15 Bonnefoy, Yves 151, 192, 284 Bonny, Pierre 133, 134 Bowd, Gavin 121 Brahe, Tycho 294 Braque, Georges 61 Braun, Matthias 296, 297 Breillat, Catherine 50 Breton, André 48, 121, 140, 150, 290 Bridel, Bedřich 272–3, 291, 296, 297 Brosse, Monique 216 Butor, Michel 7n, 40, 42, 121, 187, 188, 189 Caillois, Roger 147 Caizergues, Pierre 47n, 49n...

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