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Beyond return : genre and cultural politics in contemporary French fiction

Author: Lucas Hollister
Publisher: Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, [2019]
Series: Contemporary French and francophone cultures, 63.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"In the aftermath of the efflorescence of experimental literature and theory that characterized the Trente Glorieuses (1945-75), ‘contemporary’ French literature is often said to embrace more traditional or readable novelistic forms. This rejection of the radical aesthetics of mid-century French literature, this rehabilitation of fictional forms that have been called sub-literary, regressive, or outdated, has been  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lucas Hollister
ISBN: 9781786942180 1786942186
OCLC Number: 1055443824
Description: xiv, 290 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: contemporary, French, literature --
1. The story and the world (Jean Rouaud) --
2. A circle of circles (Jean-Patrick Manchette) --
3. Ghosts (Jean Echenoz) --
4. Apocalypse and post-history (Antoine Volodine) --
Conclusion: beyond return.
Series Title: Contemporary French and francophone cultures, 63.
Responsibility: Lucas Hollister.


In Beyond Return, Lucas Hollister examines the political orientations of fictions which 'return' to forms that have often been considered sub-literary, regressive, outdated or decadent, and suggests  Read more...


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'Beyond Return is a rich, intellectually vigorous, and persuasive study of contemporary French fiction and its presumed return to subject, story, and world. Entertainingly written and Read more...

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