RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 35174743 LA English T1 Literary polemics : Bataille, Sartre, Valéry, Breton A1 Guerlac, Suzanne,, PB Stanford University Press PP Stanford, Calif. YR 1997 SN 0804727155 9780804727150 AB During the 1960's and 1970's, the eruption of theory was presented as an epistemic break, reorganizing the field of questioning both respectively and retrospectively. In the forefront of this new movement was the influential journal Tel Quel, which both canonized a body of preferred avant-grade texts (both literary and theoretical) and nullified prominent figures from preceding generations. In a broad remapping of French modernism, this book shows how the milieu of Tel Quel transferred myths of the powers of literature inherited from Bataille, Sartre, Valery, and Breton to theory, in the process erasing the traces of these myths and their common ground. The author analyzes cultural and theoretical positions - pure art, automatism, engagement, and transgression - that structured the literary and critical field from the 1920's to the 1950's to show their strong impact on the formulation and elaboration of theoretical issues in more recent decades. Focusing on the question of relations between poetry and action, she reexamines these positions and uncovers proximities between them that significantly displace theoretical issues.