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An introduction to twentieth-century French literature

Author: Victoria Best
Publisher: London : Duckworth, 2002.
Series: New readings (London, England)
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"In this guide, Victoria Best explores the turbulent twentieth century in France through its literature, introducing the works that created fresh perspectives on the human condition as an age of rapid change and insecurity." "Challenging and experimental, modern French writing reflects the problems of a culture transformed by sophisticated theoretical inquiry and violent historical events. Preocuppied with finding  Read more...
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Best, Victoria, 1969-
Introduction to twentieth-century French literature.
London : Duckworth, 2002
(OCoLC)606831841
Online version:
Best, Victoria, 1969-
Introduction to twentieth-century French literature.
London : Duckworth, 2002
(OCoLC)608991262
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Victoria Best
ISBN: 0715631667 9780715631669
OCLC Number: 49238987
Description: 159 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction: writing and life --
First-person narratives: the voice of no authority --
Modern poetry: the witchcraft of words --
Existentialism: the impossible ideal of ethics --
Experiments in form: the art of losing the plot --
Women's writing: imagination in power --
Trauma, myth and memory: making history personal.
Series Title: New readings (London, England)
Responsibility: Victoria Best.

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"In this guide, Victoria Best explores the turbulent twentieth century in France through its literature, introducing the works that created fresh perspectives on the human condition as an age of rapid change and insecurity." "Challenging and experimental, modern French writing reflects the problems of a culture transformed by sophisticated theoretical inquiry and violent historical events. Preocuppied with finding ways to express new extremes of experience, twentieth-century texts dramatise the realisation that stories provide a significant means of making sense of the world." "The book provides an overview of the key literary movements and the major writers of prose, poetry and drama, from great novelists such as Proust, to great thinkers like Sartre, by way of controversial figures such as Genet, Beckett and Marguerite Duras."--BOOK JACKET.

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