Michel Leiris: Writing the Self by Seán HandMichel Leiris: Writing the Self by Seán Hand

Michel Leiris: Writing the Self

bySeán HandEditorMichael Sheringham

Paperback | April 20, 2006

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This is the first full-length study in English of the work of Michel Leiris, a central figure in contemporary French culture. It explores Leiris's participation in some of the most striking intellectual and artistic movements of the twentieth-century: surrealism, ethnography and existentialism. Comparing his writing to the major artistic, political and philosophical concepts of the period, Hand asserts that Leiris's multi-volume autobiography remains as the model form of twentieth century self-inquiry.
Seán Hand is Professor of French and Head of the School of Languages at Oxford Brookes University. He has published on Derrida, psychoanalysis, and contemporary French writing.
Title:Michel Leiris: Writing the SelfFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:April 20, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521026024

ISBN - 13:9780521026024


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction: the deaths of Michel Leiris; Part I. Texts and Contexts: 1. Unities and identities: Leiris and surrealism; 2. Recasting the self: from surrealism to ethnography; 3. Autobiographical frameworks: from ethnography to L'Age d'homme; 4. Positional play: La Règle du jeu; 5. Secreting the self: Journal 1922-1989; Part II. The Quest for Presence in La Règle du jeu: 6. Excess of joy: the beginnings of presence in '... Reusement!'; 7. Organs of learning: sensing presence in Biffures; 8. The act of union: being-in-the-world in La Règle du jeu; 9. Thanatography: non-being as the limit of autobiography; Conclusion: locating Leiris; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

'This is the first in-depth study in English of Michel Leiris's work, and it offers a well organised and penetrating analysis of all the aspects of this unusual writer.' Modern & Contemporary France