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Claude Simon : a retrospective

Author: Jean H Duffy; Alastair B Duncan
Publisher: Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2002.
Series: Liverpool Science Fiction Texts.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This collection of essays celebrates the work of the French Nobel prize-winning novelist Claude Simon. Scholars from France, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom reconsider the fifty years of Simon's fiction in the light of his large-scale autobiographical novel Le Jardin des Plantes (1997). From a variety of perspectives - postmodernist, psychoanalytic, aesthetic - contributors reflect on the central  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Congrès
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Named Person: Claude Simon; Claude Simon; Claude Simon
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jean H Duffy; Alastair B Duncan
ISBN: 9781846312854 184631285X 1417568100 9781417568109
OCLC Number: 1136259520
Language Note: English.
Notes: Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 07 Jul 2017).
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 232 pages) : PDF file(s).
Contents: Title Page; Contents; Acknowledgments; Message from Claude Simon to the Participants at the Conference held in May 1999; Introduction: The Critical Reception of Claude Simon since the 1960s; 1: Thinking History Otherwise: Fiction and the Sites of Memory in Claude Simon; 2: (In)Commensurabilities: The Childhood of Events and the Shock of Encounter in Claude Simon; 3: Instant Replays: The Reintegration of Traumatic Experience in Le Jardin des Plantes; 4: The Dynamics of Conflict in the Novels of Claude Simon; 5: Satire, Burlesque and Comedy in Claude Simon 6: The Garden of Forking Paths: Intertextuality and Le Jardin des Plantes7: A partir du Jardin des Plantes: Claude Simon's Recapitulations; 8: Supplementary Organs: Media and Machinery in the Late Novels of Claude Simon; 9: One Step Further: Claude Simon's Photographies 1937-1970; 10: Truth, Verbiage and Ecriture in Le Jardin des Plantes; Bibliography; Notes on Contributors
Series Title: Liverpool Science Fiction Texts.
Other Titles: Cambridge EBA.
Responsibility: edited by Jean H. Duffy and Alastair Duncan.

Abstract:

This collection of essays celebrates the work of the French Nobel prize-winning novelist Claude Simon. Scholars from France, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom reconsider the fifty years of Simon's fiction in the light of his large-scale autobiographical novel Le Jardin des Plantes (1997). From a variety of perspectives - postmodernist, psychoanalytic, aesthetic - contributors reflect on the central paradox of Simon's work: his writing and rewriting of an experience of war so disruptive and traumatic that words can never be adequate to communicate it. The layers of artifice in Le Jardin des Plantes and the nature of Simon's aesthetic are analysed in essays which explore intertextual resonances between Simon and Proust, Flaubert, Borges and Poussin. A complementary view of Simon's Photographies 1937-1970 shows that it too can be seen as form of indirect autobiography.

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