French Fiction in the Mitterrand Years: Memory, Narrative, Desire

Paperback | September 1, 2000

byColin Davis, Elizabeth Fallaize

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In the 1980s and 1990s French Fiction has emerged from the towering shadow of the formalist literary debates of the fifties and sixties and has reclaimed the ground of history, or narrative, of the individual self which has been the thrust of artistic endeavour for much of European history.The Author has returned from the dead to entertain and tell stories, as well as to negotiate a path through traumatic experiences such as the legacy of Frances colonial and wartime past, the Holocaust, the spectre of Aids, the labyrinths of desire and personal identity. Colin Davis and ElizabethFallaize examine some of the most popular and some of the most challenging of texts which emerged during Francois Mitterrand's presidency of France (1981-1995) and relate them to the dominant literary and cultural trends of the period. The book will appeal to students at all levels who are engagedin courses in twentieth-century fiction and to readers with an interest in contemporary French culture.

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In the 1980s and 1990s French Fiction has emerged from the towering shadow of the formalist literary debates of the fifties and sixties and has reclaimed the ground of history, or narrative, of the individual self which has been the thrust of artistic endeavour for much of European history.The Author has returned from the dead to enter...

Colin Davis is Reader in French, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford Elizabeth Fallaize is Reader in French, St John's College, Oxford

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Format:PaperbackPublished:September 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Story of Her Life: Marguerite Duras's L'Amant (1984)2. Detective Fictions: Daniel Pennac's Au bonheur des ogres (1985)3. Recalling the Past: Jorge Semprun's La Montagne blanche (1986)4. Playing with the Postmodern: Jean Echenoz's Lac (1989)5. Friendship and Betrayal: Herve Guibert's A l'ami qui ne ma pas sauve la vie (1990)6. Love Stories: Annie Ernaux's Passion simple (1991)Conclusion: Modesty and DisenchantmentFurther Reading and ViewingChronology of the Mitterrand YearsIndex

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`This readers' guide is written for university students, but is lively and lucid enough to please the layman.'Scott Steedman, Paris Voice