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The postmodern mythology of Michel Tournier

Author: Melissa Barchi Panek
Publisher: Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Michel Tournier defines the supreme mission of a writer to be the creation of a mythology which allows for interaction with his readers, who seem to be losing their critical faculties in our contemporary, postmodern world dominated by consumption and dizzying technological advances. Our contemporary society has changed due to the end of the modern era with its reigning ideologies. Collapsing after the atrocities of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Michel Tournier; Michel Tournier; Michel Tournier
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Melissa Barchi Panek
ISBN: 1443837377 9781443837378
OCLC Number: 778617058
Description: vi, 170 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Into the shadows : the third order of myth --
The transgressive self of the shadows --
The demise of the sacred. (cont.) Tournier takes established mythical models rooted in Christianity, fables and legends of Western Civilization and re-contextualizes them. Through a semiotic reworking of core binary pairs of a myth, Tornier creates a third-order of representation which modifies the mythical model. The works of le Roi des Aulnes, Gilles et Jeanne, and Vendredi are illustrious of this third-order level of signification. According to Ferdinand de Saussure, Roland Barthes and Claude Lévi-Strauss, the structural make-up of myth transforms established meanings according to the dominant cultural code. Barthes' semiological study of myth reveals the levels of representation through which myth creates meaning. Myth builds upon the denotative first-order level of language and through a connotative process, creates a second-order level. This connotative process does not end on this second-order, for in the writings of Tournier, this semiological process is continued to a third-order which re-contextualizes the myth again. Tournier adapts myth to the unique traits of the postmodern era including deconstruction and playfulness by allowing the reader to provide the context of the story. As such we, the reader, take the place as author of our own individual mythology"--Publisher's description, back cover.
Responsibility: by Melissa Barchi Panek.

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Michel Tournier defines the supreme mission of a writer to be the creation of a mythology which allows for interaction with his readers, who seem to be losing their critical faculties in our  Read more...

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