Claude Simon: A Retrospective

Claude Simon: A Retrospective

by Jean H. Duffy
     
 

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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,

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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 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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Scholars of French literature from France, Britain, and the US gathered in London in May 1999 to consider the work of contemporary French novelist, short-story writer, and photographer Simon since 1941. The 10 discussions are informed by his 1997 , a personal memoir and historical fresco that recapitulates many of the main themes of his work, reworks familiar incidents and motifs, and rewrites his literary and personal past. They are not indexed. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780853238577
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2002
Series:
Liverpool University Press - Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Jean H. Duffy is professor of French at the University of Edinburgh, the general editor of French Studies, and the author of Signs and Designs: Art and Architecture in the Work of Michel Butor.

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