Reading Nathalie Sarraute: Dialogue and Distance

Hardcover | June 1, 1999

byEmer OBeirne

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Spanning seven decades, Nathalie Sarraute's literary career has established her as one of the most prominent and highly respected French writers of the twentieth century. From the outset she has sought, through consistent formal innovation, to develop a mode of literary expression adequate toan endlessly mobile and mutable self stifled as much in public discourse as in traditional fictional characterization. Central to that enterprise is the dream of full and transparent communication with another, and ultimately with an ideal reader. This study is the first to explore in detail theinteraction between the increasing move towards dialogue in Sarraute's prose works (Tu ne t'aimes pas is an extreme example), and the dialogue those works initiate with their readers. Intensely aware of the pitfalls of communication, both spoken and written, Sarraute's prose writings illuminate notonly the dynamics of conversation, but also those of the reading process.

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Spanning seven decades, Nathalie Sarraute's literary career has established her as one of the most prominent and highly respected French writers of the twentieth century. From the outset she has sought, through consistent formal innovation, to develop a mode of literary expression adequate toan endlessly mobile and mutable self stifled...

1992-94: Language Assistant, University of Paris-Nanterre; 1994-97: Lecturer in French, University of Exeter; 1997-: Lecturer in French, University College Dublin
Format:HardcoverPublished:June 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198159854

ISBN - 13:9780198159858

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Irony, Dialogue, and the Novel2. The Writing Self: Irony and Authority3. The Self and Language: Authenticity and Convention4. Reading and Otherness5. Reading in Theory and PracticeConclusion: Ici - From Language to Silence and BackNotesBibliographyIndex

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`sophisticated and lucidly expressed...this is a volume for the Sarraute specialist, yet the clarity of its theoretical analyses has much to offer too for scholars preoccupied with the tangled complex of relations linking language, experience, text, writer and reader'Forum for Modern Language Studies, Volume 37, No 3