Earth and Mind : Dreaming, Writing, Being Michael Bishop examines the very recent work of nine major contemporary French and Francophone writers : Yves Bonnefoy, Jacqueline Risset, Salah Stétié, Vénus Khoury-Ghata, Tahar Ben Jelloun, André Velter, Marie-Claire Bancquart, Jean-Claude Pinson and Jacques Dupin. The issue of writing’s complex relation to the experience of the earth is of central pertinence, involving questions of dreaming, voice, figurativity, emotion, desire, revolt, metaphysics, meaning,
poiein and being. Discussion entails close reading of works as well as broad contextualisation and a sensitivity to interrelevancies from writer to writer. Bishop’s book is intended as a companion to his 2014
Dystopie et poïein, agnose et reconnaissance. Seize études sur la poésie française et francophone contemporaine.
Michael Bishop is Emeriturs McCulloch Professor of French and Contemporary Studies, Dalhousie University. He has published widely in the fields of contemporary French poetry and art, his latest books being
Contemporary French Art, 1 & 2 (Rodopi 2008 & 2011), and
Dystopie et poïein, agnose et reconnaissance (Rodopi, 2014).
Foreword Biographical Note 1
Yves Bonnefoy, La Grande Ourse: Voice, Consciousness, Presence, Naming 2
Jacqueline Risset, Les Instants: Epiphany, (Un)groundedness, Trial, Desire 3
Salah Stétié, L’Être: Embodiment, Void, Unfiguredness, Uraeus 4
Vénus Khoury-Ghata, Le Livre des Suppliques: Hauntedness, Vigilance, Fable, Circularity 5
Tahar Ben Jelloun, Que la Blessure se Ferme: Light, Love, Passion, Paradox 6
André Velter, L’amour Extrême: Absoluteness, Relativity, Fury, Marvel 7
Marie-Claire Bancquart, Tracé du Vivant: Primordiality, Rites, Question, Rebirth 8
Jean-Claude Pinson, Alphabet Cyrillique: Dailiness, Autobiopoiesis, Freedom, Resistance 9
Jacques Dupin, Le Grésil: Ubac and Adret, Individuation and Pleroma A Few Closing Remarks Select Bibliography
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