The Games of Fiction: Georges Perec and Modern French Ludic Narrative by David GascoigneThe Games of Fiction: Georges Perec and Modern French Ludic Narrative by David Gascoigne

The Games of Fiction: Georges Perec and Modern French Ludic Narrative

byDavid Gascoigne

Paperback | December 8, 2006

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This book presents the first complete overview in English of the prose fiction of Georges Perec, recognised since his death in 1982 as one of the most influential and innovative French writers of his generation. In particular, it explores in depth the nature of the numerous, and often astonishing, games and ludic devices which he used to generate and develop his material and to draw his readers into a playful interaction with his texts. Moreover this study situates Perec’s writings as the culmination of a significant tradition in twentieth-century French writing, that of ludic fiction, whose evolution is traced from Roussel to Ricardou and the Nouveau Roman and Oulipo movements. In so doing, it seeks to answer two important questions: why did ludic writing reach such particular prominence in the 1960s and 1970s? What made its appeal for Georges Perec so special that it came to shape his whole approach to writing, and led this orphan of war and holocaust to invest literary game-playing with such a profound personal and cultural importance?
The Author: David Gascoigne, Senior Lecturer at the University of St Andrews, is a specialist in contemporary French fiction, with publications on a wide range of writers including Michel Tournier, Patrick Grainville, Jean-Marie le Clézio, Michel Rio and Amélie Nothomb.
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Title:The Games of Fiction: Georges Perec and Modern French Ludic NarrativeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:5.91 × 8.66 × 0.68 inPublished:December 8, 2006Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:303910697X

ISBN - 13:9783039106974

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Table of Contents

Contents: Ludic writing: the problem of definition – Serious games and concepts of play – From Roussel to Oulipo: influences and exemplars – Serialism: from music to writing – The Nouveau Roman: some ludic perspectives and practices – Perec and ludic form (1): from Les Choses to Un homme qui dort – Perec and ludic form (2): from La Disparition to W ou le souvenir d’enfance – Perec’s ludic programme for La Vie mode d’emploi – The clinamen: the play in the system – The play of voices in La Vie mode d’emploi – Reading the adversary in La Vie mode d’emploi – Picture puzzles and frame games: from La Vie mode d’emploi to Un cabinet d’amateur and ‘53 jours’.

Editorial Reviews

«The key to Gascoigne's success is his ability to steer his target audience, which extends from novice to specialist, between a clear explanation of the basic tenets of a potentially daunting body of work and a sophisticated analysis. [...] The Games of Fiction is a work that should leave even the profane reader rewarded and not defeated, compelled and not dismayed. Indeed, Gascoigne concludes that for all their many challenges and their defiance of the reader, whose erudition and cleverness will never seem to match those of the omnipresent author, Perec's works are there to be read, and that in the play space between rules and escape, there is scope for seduction.» (Alistair Rolls, New Zealand Journal of French Studies) «This book will prove to be most useful to anyone interested in Perec, Oulipo and contemporary formalist writers.» (Marc Lapprand, Modern and Contemporary France)