Present Pasts

Present Pasts


Author : Dervila Cooke
Publisher : Rodopi
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ISBN : 9789042018846
Pages : 360 pages
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This is the first in-depth study of the twelve Modiano texts specifically concerned with life-writing in autobiographical and biographical-cum-historiographical projects. The texts covered range fromLa Place de l'étoile (1968) through to La Petite Bijou (2001). Close textual analysis is combined with a theoretical approach based on current thinking in autobiography, biography, and reader-response. Modiano's use of autofiction and biofiction is analysed in the light of his continuing obsession with both personal trauma and History, as well as his problematic relationship with his paternally-inherited Jewish links. His view of identity (of self and other) is thus discussed in relation to a particular literary and socio-historical context– French, postmodern, post-World War II, and post-Holocaust.


Patrick Modiano

Patrick Modiano


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Publisher : BRILL
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ISBN : 9401205256
Pages : 296 pages
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While his preoccupation with the period of the Occupation remains a permanent theme, Patrick Modiano is increasingly interested in the exploration of time and memory, and the attendant problem of reconstituting the past. This volume explores all these features. It casts new light on Modiano’s earliest novels, examines afresh his more recent work including his stories for children, situates it in the context of contemporary writing and unravels the intricacies and subtleties of his style. It underlines Modiano’s position as one of France’s major writers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and will be of interest to all who are interested in the modern French novel and the complex interactions between fiction and history.


Patrick Modiano

Patrick Modiano


Author : Akane Kawakami
Publisher : Oxford University Press
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ISBN : 1781382743
Pages : 232 pages
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"This is a revised and expanded version of A Self-Conscious Art: Patrick Modiano's Postmodern Fictions by Akane Kawakami, published by Liverpool University Press in 2000"--Title page verso.


Protean Selves

Protean Selves


Author : Adrienne Angelo
Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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ISBN : 1443866113
Pages : 210 pages
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What does it mean to write “I” in postmodern society, in a world in which technological advances and increased globalization have complicated notions of authenticity, origins, and selfhood? Under what circumstances and to what extent do authors lend their scriptural authority to fictional counterparts? What role does naming, or, conversely, anonymity play vis-à-vis the writing and written “I”? What aspects of identity are subject to (auto)fictional manipulations? And how do these complicated and multilayered narrating selves problematize the reader’s engagement with the text? Seeking answers to these questions, Protean Selves brings together essays which explore the intricate relations between language, self, identity, otherness, and the world through the analysis of the forms and uses of the first-person voice. Written by specialists of a variety of approaches and authors from across the world, the studies in this volume follow up a number of critical inquiries on the thorny problematic of self-representation and the representation of the self in contemporary French and francophone literatures, and extend the theoretical analysis to narratives and authors who have gained increasing commercial and academic visibility in the twenty-first century.


Violent Histories

Violent Histories


Author : David Gascoigne
Publisher : Peter Lang
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ISBN : 9783039103171
Pages : 214 pages
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This volume presents selected papers from the conference 'Violence, Culture and Identity' held at St Andrews University in 2003. It seeks to explore the ways in which French writing since 1920 has registered and reflected on the violent national traumas of the World Wars, the Occupation and decolonisation. The essays consider how these crises have led French writers to a critical, often painful reassessment of national, cultural and individual identity. Contributors trace the different challenges offered to any comfortable consensual notions of Frenchness, and to the structures of authority which invest in such a consensus. A recurrent preoccupation is the problematic issue of 'memory culture', especially of how a post-conflict generation copes with an avowed or concealed inheritance of violence and guilt. The thematics, ethics, rhetoric and imagery of violence are charted through debates around surrealism and in writings by major figures, such as Malraux, Sartre, Camus, Genet and Modiano, while a final group of essays looks closely at how a new wave within the popular roman noir genre (the 'néo-polar') engages emphatically and controversially with these issues and their political implications.


Balzac and the Model of Painting

Balzac and the Model of Painting


Author : Diana Knight
Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 135119545X
Pages : 160 pages
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"Texts about paintings, painters and sculptors are obvious test cases for issues of representation. A significant corpus of artist stories is scattered through Honore de Balzac's Comedie humaine which, from Marx to Lukacs to Roland Barthes's enormously influential S/Z (1970), has been a key literary work for critical debates around French realism. In a series of close readings, Diana Knight explores Barthes's 'model of painting' - the metaphorical code of painting and sculpture that underpins realist discourse - in the context of Balzac's fictional representations of the relation between artists, their models and their works of art. Whereas critics have tended to denounce Balzac's realist aesthetic as complicit with the misogyny of the society he portrays,Balzac and the Model of Painting takes the artist-model relationship, variously gendered in these stories, as the focus of the author's powerful realist critique of the sexual politics of prostitution and marriage in nineteenth-century France."


OEuvres Complètes de H. de Balzac

OEuvres Complètes de H. de Balzac


Author : Honoré de Balzac
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Pages : 678 pages
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French Fiction into the Twenty-First Century

French Fiction into the Twenty-First Century


Author : Simon Kemp
Publisher : University of Wales Press
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ISBN : 0708322743
Pages : 213 pages
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This book examines contemporary French literature in the light of a widely-held critical notion that it exists ‘in the wake’ of a period in which avant-garde experimental literature and postmodern writing-about-writing held sway. It looks at five notable current writers, namely Annie Ernaux, Pascal Quignard, Marie Darrieussecq, Jean Echenoz and Patrick Modiano in the context of the broader literary scene, to discover how far they continue to pursue the ideas of the previous generation, and how far they have turned their back on them.


Odysseys / Odyssées

Odysseys / Odyssées


Author : Jeanne M. Garane
Publisher : BRILL
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ISBN : 9004334726
Pages : 253 pages
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A critical examination of French-language travel narratives.


Les Petits Émigrés

Les Petits Émigrés


Author : Stéphanie Félicité comtesse de Genlis
Publisher :
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Pages : 448 pages
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The Cambridge History of the Novel in French

The Cambridge History of the Novel in French


Author : Adam Watt
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
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ISBN : 1108758045
Pages : pages
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This History is the first in a century to trace the development and impact of the novel in French from its beginnings to the present. Leading specialists explore how novelists writing in French have responded to the diverse personal, economic, socio-political, cultural-artistic and environmental factors that shaped their worlds. From the novel's medieval precursors to the impact of the internet, the History provides fresh accounts of canonical and lesser-known authors, offering a global perspective beyond the national borders of 'the Hexagon' to explore France's colonial past and its legacies. Accessible chapters range widely, including the French novel in Sub-Saharan Africa, data analysis of the novel system in the seventeenth century, social critique in women's writing, Sade's banned works and more. Highlighting continuities and divergence between and within different periods, this lively volume offers routes through a diverse literary landscape while encouraging comparison and connection-making between writers, works and historical periods.


EGYPT (EN ANGLAIS) 2023/2024 Petit Futé

EGYPT (EN ANGLAIS) 2023/2024 Petit Futé


Author : Dominique Auzias
Publisher : Le Petit Futé
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ISBN : 2305096003
Pages : 427 pages
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In Egypt, we listen to the sounds of the city, the resounding horns, the cries of the merchants in the souks. Sometimes, because one no longer wants to listen, one isolates oneself in the desert, in order to hear oneself. Yes, all this can be felt in Egypt, not far from the original mound that motivated the fervour of a people, a people who from Amun to Yahweh, from God to Allah, believe with conviction in the words that Akhenaten sang: "All beings are in Your hand". Egypt is all this, confused or parallel worlds. Without giving in to unconsciousness or paranoia, it is advisable to be informed and responsible for any trip to Egypt. The country is occasionally the victim of upheavals. The 2011 revolution has been the vector of certain excesses. It is strongly recommended to stay on the beaten track.


National American Kennel Club Stud Book

National American Kennel Club Stud Book


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Pages : 1562 pages
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A Riffaterrean Reading of Patrick Modiano's La Place de L'étoile

A Riffaterrean Reading of Patrick Modiano's La Place de L'étoile


Author : Charles O'Keefe
Publisher : Summa Publications, Inc.
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ISBN : 9781883479480
Pages : 230 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (479 users)

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Paths to Contemporary French Literature

Paths to Contemporary French Literature


Author : John Taylor
Publisher : Transaction Publishers
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ISBN : 1412830540
Pages : 358 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (412 users)

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Although the great French novelists of the last two centuries are widely read in America, there is a widespread notion that little of importance has happened in French literature since the heyday of Sartre, Camus, and the nouveau roman. Some might argue that even well read Americans are ignorant about what is happening in European literature generally. Certainly, there has never been so few translations of foreign books in the United States, or so little coverage of foreign writers. Curious American readers need new, up-to-date information and analyses about what is happening elsewhere. Paths to Contemporary French Literature is a stimulating and much-needed guide to the major currents of one of the world's great literatures. This critical panorama of contemporary French literature introduces English-language readers to over fifty important writers and poets, many of whom are still little known outside of France. Emphasizing authors who are admired by their peers (as opposed to those with overnight reputations), John Taylor offers a compelling insider's view. The pioneering essays included in this book offer incisive analyses of the ideas motivating current writing and delve into a writer's or poet's entire output. Although some names may be familiar (Marguerite Duras, HÚlÞne Cixous, Philippe Jaccottet, Henri Michaux), the reader obtains fresh reappraisals of their seminal work. Especially noteworthy, however, are Taylor's lively introductions to many other key writers who either have not yet crossed the English Channel, let alone the Atlantic. Combating the notion that French literature is overtly intellectual, inaccessible, or interested only in formal experimentation, Taylor shows that many French writers are instead acutely inquisitive about the outside world, shrewd observers of reality, even very funny. Although not conceived as a reference book, the volume possesses some qualities of a reference work: a good bibliography, reliable dates and biographical facts. Paths to Contemporary French Literature will be of interest to students of French literature and culture, literary scholars, and readers of contemporary fiction and poetry.


Paths to Contemporary French Literature, Volume 1

Paths to Contemporary French Literature, Volume 1


Author : John Taylor
Publisher : Transaction Publishers
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ISBN : 1412804795
Pages : 375 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (412 users)

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Although the great French novelists of the last two centuries are widely read in America, there is a widespread notion that little of importance has happened in French literature since the heyday of Sartre, Camus, and the nouveau roman. Some might argue that even well read Americans are ignorant about what is happening in European literature generally. Certainly, there has never been so few translations of foreign books in the United States, or so little coverage of foreign writers. Curious American readers need new, up-to-date information and analyses about what is happening elsewhere. Paths to Contemporary French Literature is a stimulating and much-needed guide to the major currents of one of the world's great literatures. This critical panorama of contemporary French literature introduces English-language readers to over fifty important writers and poets, many of whom are still little known outside of France. Emphasizing authors who are admired by their peers (as opposed to those with overnight reputations), John Taylor offers a compelling insider's view. The pioneering essays included in this book offer incisive analyses of the ideas motivating current writing and delve into a writer's or poet's entire output. Although some names may be familiar (Marguerite Duras, Hulne Cixous, Philippe Jaccottet, Henri Michaux), the reader obtains fresh reappraisals of their seminal work. Especially noteworthy, however, are Taylor's lively introductions to many other key writers who either have not yet crossed the English Channel, let alone the Atlantic. Combating the notion that French literature is overtly intellectual, inaccessible, or interested only in formal experimentation, Taylor shows that many French writers are instead acutely inquisitive about the outside world, shrewd observers of reality, even very funny. Although not conceived as a reference book, the volume possesses some qualities of a reference work: a good bibliography, reliable dates and biographical facts. Paths to Contemporary French Literature will be of interest to students of French literature and culture, literary scholars, and readers of contemporary fiction and poetry.


Miniature Books

Miniature Books


Author : Rupert Neelands
Publisher : AuthorHouse
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ISBN : 1665548371
Pages : 140 pages
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This catalogue gives detailed description of 220 miniature books divided into eight sections located in the library of Dunderave Castle in Scotland. The three major sections include Rare Books, Almanacs and Thumb Bibles followed by five minor sections which include Prayer Books, the Koran with other works from 18th, 19th Centuries, post 1900 and Objets d’Art. The collection at Dunderave Castle consists of two collections purchased at auction. The initial was from the Dutch book dealer Nico Israel and his wife Nanni collected over their lifetime from important collections such as the Houghton sale in 1979 and include the earliest published miniature the Kalendarium of 1570 by Plantin. The other titles purchased from Mr. and Mrs. John Gutfreund from New York included several books from the Salomon collection. Following the introduction, a detailed description is given of the books with photographic images taken by Iain McLean and John Linton. Miniature books are defined as 3 inches (77cm) or less in height but for books printed in 19th Century or earlier it can be extended to 4 inches. The Israel collection was housed in a Miniature revolving bookcase, a bureau cabinet and a pedestal bookcase.