Paths to Contemporary French Literature, Volumen1

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Transaction Publishers, 2011 M12 31 - 381 páginas
The first volume of Paths to Contemporary French Literature offered a critical panorama of over fifty French writers and poets. With this second volume, John Taylorâ an American writer and critic who has lived in France for the past thirty yearsâ continues this ambitious and critically acclaimed project. Praised for his independence, curiosity, intimate knowledge of European literature, and his sharp readerâ s eye, John Taylor is a writer-critic who is naturally skeptical of literary fashions, overnight reputations, and readymade academic categories. Charting the paths that have lead to the most serious and stimulating contemporary French writing, he casts light on several neglected postwar French authors, all the while highlighting genuine mentors and invigorating newcomers. Some names (Patrick Chamoiseau, Pascal Quignard, Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Jean Rouaud, Francis Ponge, Aimé Césaire, Marguerite Yourcenar, J. M. G. Le Clézio) may be familiar to the discriminating and inquisitive American reader, but their work is incisively re-evaluated here. The book also includes a moving remembrance of Nathalie Sarraute, and an evocation of the authorâ s meetings with Julien Gracq Other writers in this second volume are equally deserving authors whose work is highly respected by their peers in France yet little known in English-speaking countries. Taylorâ s pioneering elucidations in this respect are particularly valuable. This second volume also examines a number of non-French, originally non-French-speaking writers (such as Ghérasim Luca, Petr Král, Armen Lubin, Vénus Ghoura-Khata, Piotr Rawicz, as well as Samuel Beckett) who chose French as their literary idiom. Taylor is in a perfect position to understand their motivations, struggles, and goals. In a day and age when so little is known in English-speaking countries about foreign literature, and when so little is translated, the two volumes of Paths to Contemporary French Literature are absorbing guides for literary scholars, writers, poets, students of French culture, and readers of contemporary fiction and poetry.
 

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Remembering Nathalie Sarraute
3
The Pilgrimage to SaintFlorentleVieil
12
Part 2
23
The Strange Case of Dr Froeppel and Monsieur Tardieu
25
A Purée of Black Thoughts
29
DeadSerious Wordplay
34
Of Farce and Fragility
38
Two BrowBashing Comics
47
Feeling our Aliveness
171
Elusive Life
176
Belief Magic Miracle
185
A Passionate Lettré
199
Part 6
213
The Art of Convivance
215
A Miserere of ForgetMeNots
218
The Governing Passions of Exceptional Lives
223

Breaking Dishes in Neverland
50
One is not Serious at 117
53
A Tongue In and Out of Cheek
55
A Deceptive Lightness of Being
60
Part 3
67
A Little Tour through the Land of AlainFournier
69
Haunting Transparence of the World
84
Intuitions of Elsewhere
91
In Praise of Lightness
93
From the Middle of Nowhere
97
Commemorating Lifes Minuscule Pleasures
102
Comprehending the Quotidian
105
The Clandestine Passenger of French Poetry
109
The Voices of Tattered People
113
Prose from a NoMans Land
117
Part 4
119
The Lure of Things
121
The Essential Enigmas
124
Making a Gift to the Possibilities of Telling
132
Bonnefoy and Shakespeare
142
The Path to Impersonalization
149
Ladders Leading Beyond the Self
156
Of Language and the Human Heart
158
From Césaire to Chamoiseau
164
Part 5
169
Eros Landscapes
228
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
230
From the Heart of the Limousin
233
Protean Paradoxical Jean Paulhan
237
Sensual Intellect
241
MetaEroticism and Simulacra
245
The Double Keyboard of Sensuality and Spirituality
251
Part 7
255
Autobiography as Panegyric
257
The Perils of Autobiography
261
The Survivors Tale
264
The Moral Traps of Occupied France
266
Irène Némirovskys Final Manuscript
268
Of Heritage and Experience
272
The Commitment of an Incessant Traveler
278
Before the First Page
284
Part 8
289
I Cant Go On Ill Go On
291
The Intimate Pierre Guyotat
300
From Aristotles Quandary to French and American Prose Poems
306
Notes
323
Bibliography
335
From Aristotles Quandary to French
361
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John Taylor is the author of Paths to Contemporary French Literature (Volumes 1-3) and Into the Heart of European Poetry. He has written numerous books of stories, short prose, and poetry, including The Apocalypse Tapestries. He writes the "Poetry Today" column in the Antioch Review and has long been a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement. He has lived in France since 1977. In 2010, he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for his project to translate Georges Perros's Papiers colles.

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