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A Source of Meaning and Structure in Claude Simon's La Bataille de Pharsale


Neal Storrs

Applying his own adaptation of structuralist criticism, the author seeks out the modes of meaning in one of the most difficult of the French romans experimentaux. Mr. Storrs identifies liquid-related material from the realms of description, phonology, and narration, and shows how the complicated patterns of association between those elements illuminate the adventures of the novel's two central protagonists and reveal the creative principle which underpins La Bataille de Pharsale.
Contents: This book reveals the presence of liquid in La Bataille de Pharsale's descriptive imagery, phonological systems and emblematic movements, and explores the relationship between those liquid-related signs and the novel's surface meaning.