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Paths to Contemporary French Literature (Volume 1) / Edition 1

Paths to Contemporary French Literature (Volume 1) / Edition 1

by John Taylor
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ISBN-13: 9781412804790
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/31/2005
Pages: 358
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

John Taylor is the author of Paths to Contemporary French Literature (volumes 1–3) and Into the Heart of European Poetry. He is the author of books of fiction, short prose, and poetry. He writes for the Times Literary Supplement and authors the “Poetry Today” column in the Antioch Review.

Table of Contents


Part 1: The Art of Strolling

From Serendipity to Metaphysics (Jacques Reda)
The Permanent Miracle that is the World (Charles-Albert Cingria)
Enigmas of the Everyday (Jean Follain)
Intimations of Times Past (Andre Hardellet)
The Pedestrian of Paris (Leon-Paul Fargue)
Men Without Qualities (Jean de la Ville de Mirmont)
When Tenderness is the Secret Lining of Despair (Henri Calet)
The Facts of Life (Georges L. Godeau)
A New World in Every Instant (Gil Jouanard)
Holding Immense Spaces in the Palm of his Hand (Gerard Mace)
A Cafe Waiter Astray in Philosophy (Pierre Autin-Grenier)
From Dreams to Disillusionment (Jean Reverzy)
A Master Traveler (Nicolas Bouvier)
Departing for the "Promised Life" (Guy Goffette)

Part 2: Remembering Childhood

From Sense Impressions to Sensibility (Patrick Drevet)
Balancing the Books (Pierre Bergounioux)
Of Dignity and Destiny (Pierre Michon)
Her Father's Letters (Helene Cixous)
The Painful Sources of "Impersonality" (Nathalie Sarraute)
From the Mazes of Fiction to the Enigmas of Hope (Louis-Rene des For ets)

Part 3: Love and Love's Language

Love, Death, and Spirituality (Pierre Jean Jouve)
The "Tender Gesture" (Georges Perros)
Tragic Separation, Impossible Reconciliation (Jean-Philippe Salabreuil)
Fatal Desire, Inconsolable Love (Marguerite Duras)
Love, and Love's Language, Ablaze (Albert Cohen)
Eros Against Death (Jude Stefan)
Uneasy Solitude, Redoubtable Intimacies (Anne-Marie Garat)
A Terrible Beauty is Born (Pierre Guyotat)
The Composition of Mourning (Jacques Roubaud)
"Disappearing with what Endures" (Claude Esteban)
From Darkness to Life (Louis Calaferte)

Part 4: After Surviving

Cavalrymen Pitted Against Tanks (Claude Simon)
A Humane Analysis of Inhumanity (Robert Antelme)
Manual for a Sad Life (Georges Perec)
A Lifetime of Questioning (Edmond Jabes)
Lives Shattered into Puzzle Pieces (Patrick Modiano)
An Impossible Survival (Sarah Kofman)
Ever-Present Absence (Marcel Cohen)
"That Song Lost in the Depths of the Self" (Philippe S. Hadengue)

Part 5: Telling of Storytelling

The Profundity of Cheerfulness (Florence Delay)
From Ruin to Renewal (Marie Redonnet)
Deviations from the Real: The Beginnings of the "New Fiction" Group
The Art of Shaving Gently (Roland Barthes)

Part 6: Beyond the Self

Reconciliations with the Real (Julien Gracq)
A Multifarious Writer, A Unified Quest (Henri Michaux)
Elusive Presence (Yves Bonnefoy)
Intimations of the Beyond (Philippe Jaccottet)
Seeing the Sea (Eugene Guillevic)
Emblems of Being (Michel Fardoulis-Lagrange)
Voyaging Out (Silvia Baron Supervielle)
The Search for a Healing Luminosity (Lorand Gaspar)
Dwell in Slowness, Explore the Elsewhere of Here (Heather Dohollau)
Seeking the Source (Charles Juliet)
Awe, Wonder, Bedazzlement (Pierre-Albert Jourdan)

From Intimism to the Poetics of "Presence": Reading Contemporary French Poetry


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