Short fiction in France has made a major contribution to French culture and literature. This volume provides new insights into some of the best examples of this form of writing in the twentieth century and also includes a chapter which explores ways in which the genre is evolving as the century draws to a close.
Each chapter has been written by specialists in their particular field; their interpretations are backed by the experience of teaching and writing about these authors. They invite the reader to go beyond the immediate context or circumstances of what is related in the story under scrutiny and illustrate some of the many ways in which short stories may be narrated. In some cases stories are revisited and subjected to new interpretations; in others those perhaps less well known are revealed as being no less rewarding. The book offers stimulating reading for those already familiar with some of the works under discussion as well as for those coming to them afresh.
About the Author
John Flower is Professor of French, University of Kent at Canterbury. He is General Editor of the Journal of European Studies. His many publications include François Mauriac–Jean Paulhan: Correspondance, 1925–1967 (Paris, 2001); François Mauriac: Pyscholectures/Psychoreadings (University of Exeter Press, 1995); Pierre Courtade: The Making of a Party Scribe (Berg, 1995).
Table of Contents
Chapter One Jean-Paul Sartre: L'Enfance d'un chef, William Bell (University of Kent)
Chapter Two Marcel Aymé: La Carte, Christopher Lloyd (University of Durham)
Chapter Three Albert Camus: La Pierre qui pousse, David Walker (University of Sheffield)
Chapter Four Margaret Yourcenar: Le Lait de la mort, Sally Wallis (Open University and University of Kent)
Chapter Five Simone de Beauvoir: La Femme rompue, Ray Davison (University of Exeter)
Chapter Six Michel Tournier: Les Suaires de Véronique, Rachel Edwards (University of Newcastle upon Tyne)
Chapter Seven Marguerite Duras: La Mort du jeune aviateur anglais, James Williams (University of Kent)
Chapter Eight, Contemporary Short French Fiction: from the Nouvelle to the Nouvellistique, Johnnie Gratton (University College Dublin)