Isotopias: Places and Spaces in French War Fiction of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries by Peter TameIsotopias: Places and Spaces in French War Fiction of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries by Peter Tame

Isotopias: Places and Spaces in French War Fiction of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

byPeter Tame

Paperback | June 29, 2015

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This monograph is the first book to examine places and spaces in French war fiction of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. These places and spaces are presented as literary isotopias, or fictional «worlds», and analysed in a selective corpus of thirty-three novelists and forty-two examples of war fiction. The book identifies and classifies the various types of isotopia that appear in fiction in the form of scenes, images or literary microcosms. The author establishes four isotopic modes – possession, dispossession or loss, alienation, and repossession – by which means the isotopias are expressed. The spaces considered include territorial demands, gains, possessions, losses and national spaces, as well as internal mental spaces.
The corpus of novels selected for this project covers a wide variety of examples of fictional worlds: the spiritual, the marginal, the regional, the ideological, the psychological, the erotic, the ecological and the political. The methods of analysis identify these worlds, demonstrate both how they function in relation to the characters in the novels and how they affect the reader, and provide further illumination on the intentions, achievements and ideologies of the characters and of the novelists concerned. One of the findings of the study is that the greater the stress of war and conflict the more authors and characters tend to seek refuge in their imaginary (isotopic) worlds.
Peter D. Tame was Reader in French Studies at Queen’s University Belfast from 1999 to 2013. He specialises in the literary representation of ideology and politics in French fiction of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. His recent publications include an annotated and fully edited translation of Robert Brasillach’s memoirs, entit...
Title:Isotopias: Places and Spaces in French War Fiction of the Twentieth and Twenty-First CenturiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.86 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:June 29, 2015Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:303430837X

ISBN - 13:9783034308373


Table of Contents

Contents: Roland Dorgelès, Les Croix de bois (1919): Memotopia of martyrdom – Raymond Radiguet, Le Diable au corps (1923): Egotopia and erotopia – André Chamson, Roux le bandit (1925): Rurotopia and sacrotopia in the Cévennes – Jules Romains, Prélude à Verdun (1937) and Verdun (1938): Les Hommes de bonne volonté (1932-1947) – Jean Giraudoux, Siegfried et le Limousin (1922): Amnesotopia – The effect of war on individual memory in peacetime – André Chamson, L’Année des vaincus (1934): A Franco-German utopia/dystopia? – André Malraux, L’Espoir (1937): The Spanish Civil War, as a preliminary to the Second World War – Robert Brasillach, Les Sept Couleurs (1939): A rainbow too far – European Fascism and a divided France – On the margins: Julien Gracq, Un Balcon en forêt (1958) – Oneirotopia in conflict and wartime – France violated: Irène Némirovsky, Suite française ([1941/1942] 2004) – The labyrinth of defeat: Claude Simon, La Route des Flandres (1960) – The rape of eastern Europe: Jonathan Littell, Les Bienveillantes (2006) – the Nazi occupation in Soviet Russia, France, Hungary, Poland – Sweet Occupation? Suite française Part II «Dolce» – Irène Némirovsky’s novel on the German occupation of France – East and West: Political isotopias in André Malraux’s Les Noyers de l’Altenburg (1943) – The dark, dystopian night-time of the soul: André Chamson’s Le Puits des miracles (1945) – The conquest of a contested colonial space revisited: Robert Brasillach’s La Conquérante (1943) – Jean Dutourd, Au bon beurre (1952): A ‘cornutopia’ – Profiteering in Occupied France – France 1945: A space under reconstruction in Marcel Aymé’s Uranus (1948) – Ecotopia in Romain Gary’s Les Racines du ciel (1956) – Isotopias in invented autobiography: Four novels on the Occupation by Patrick Modiano.

Editorial Reviews

«With its close readings of a wide range of fictions of conflict, the monograph offers valuable insights into the imaginative and creative processes involved in their writing.»
(Angela Kimyongür, French Studies 71/2 2017)

«Peter Tame's book […] is a major work of scholarship.»
(John Fletcher, Journal of European Studies 45(4) 2015)