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What Forms Can Do: The Work of Form in 20th- and 21st- Century French Literature and Thought

What Forms Can Do: The Work of Form in 20th- and 21st- Century French Literature and Thought


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This volume responds to important questions about the formal properties of literary texts and the agency of form. A central feature of twentieth- and twenty-first century French and Francophone writing has been the exploration of how cultural forms (literary, philosophical and visual) create distinctive semiotic environments and at the same time engage powerfully with external realities. How does form propose a bridge between the environment of the text and the world beyond? What kinds of formal innovations have authors devised in response to the complexity of that world? How do the formal properties of texts inflect our reading of them, and perhaps also our apprehension of the real? In addressing such questions as they apply to a wide corpus of texts, including the novel, life writing, the essay, travel writing, poetry and textual/visual experiments, the chapters in this volume offer new perspectives on a wide range of creative figures including Proust, Picasso, Breton, Bataille, Ponge, Guillevic, Certeau, Camus, Barthes, Perec, Roubaud, Chauvet, Savitzkaya, Eribon, Ernaux, Laurens and Akerman. Collectively, they renew the engagement with form that has been a key feature of French cultural production and of analysis in French studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781789620658
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Publication date: 02/29/2020
Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures LUP Series
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Patrick Crowley is Senior Lecturer in French at University College Cork, Ireland.
Shirley Jordan is Professor of French Studies at the University of Newcastle and Co-Director of the Centre for Contemporary Women's Writing (CCWW) in the School of Advanced Studies, University of London.