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Literature, ethics, and decolonization in postwar France : the politics of disengagement

Author: Daniel Just
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Against the background of intellectual and political debates in France during the 1950s and 1960s, Daniel Just examines literary narratives and works of literary criticism arguing that these texts are more politically engaged than they may initially appear. As writings by Roland Barthes, Maurice Blanchot, Albert Camus, and Marguerite Duras show, seemingly disengaged literary principles - such as blankness,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Marguerite Duras; Maurice Blanchot; Albert Camus; Roland Barthes
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Just
ISBN: 9781107093881 1107093880
OCLC Number: 889736722
Description: ix, 217 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: literature and engagement --
1. Neutral writing and Roland Barthes's theory of exhausted literature --
2. Maurice Blanchot and the politics of narrative genres --
3. Literary weakness: Maurice Blanchot, commitment, and decolonization --
4. The poverty of history and memory: Albert Camus's Algeria --
5. Albert Camus and the politics of shame --
6. Marguerite Duras, war traumas, and the dilemmas of literary representation --
7. Literary void: ethics and politics in Marguerite Duras's hybrid stories --
Conclusion: the literature of exhaustion, weakness, and blankness.
Responsibility: Daniel Just.
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'Throughout his detailed, meticulous analyses, Daniel Just astutely and persistently argues that disengagement is ethical and political.' Colin Davis, French Studies: A Quarterly Review

 
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