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Textes décrivant ses lieux de mémoire, photographies, documents personnels ou collectés dans la rue : Lieux forme un vaste et passionnant ensemble par lequel Perec visait à ancrer son autobiographie dans l’espace urbain. Georges Perec et ses lieux de mémoire est la première étude monographique à se fonder sur l’ensemble de ce « livre mythique », resté longtemps inédit. Elle en explore les constantes thématiques, les pratiques d’écriture, les graphismes et les photographies, montrant l’impact de la rhétorique classique sur la méthode de Perec, qui fait que ces textes sont une véritable topique de ses lieux de mémoire.

« Précisément situé dans un champ critique exhaustivement balisé, le livre frappe par sa finesse et sa nouveauté – quant à l’œuvre de Perec, aujourd’hui devenue classique, mais aussi plus largement pour ce qui est de l’importance du quotidien, notamment urbain, dans la littérature et l’art contemporains. » (Christelle Reggiani)

Perec’s Lieux project consists of texts describing the author's places of memory, photographs, personal documents and ephemera collected in the street. With this vast and fascinating body of work, Perec aimed at anchoring his biography in urban space. Georges Perec et ses lieux de mémoire is the first book length study about this “mythic book”, which remained unpublished for a long time. It explores Perec’s recurrent themes, writing practises, graphisms and photographs, showing the impact of classical rhetoric on his methodology, which makes Lieux into a topics of his places of memory.

“This study is precisely situated within an abundant critical field. It strikes the reader through its finesse and novelty both regarding Perec’s work, which has become a classic, and more largely the importance of the urban every day in contemporary literature and art.” (Christelle Reggiani)
Poetry in Poland and China Since 1989
Author: Joanna Krenz
In Search of Singularity introduces a new “compairative” methodology that seeks to understand how the interplay of paired texts creates meaning in new, transcultural contexts. Bringing the worlds of contemporary Polish and Chinese poetry since 1989 into conversation with one another, Joanna Krenz applies the concept of singularity to draw out resonances and intersections between these two discourses and shows how they have responded to intertwined historical and political trajectories and a new reality beyond the human. Drawing on developments such as AI poetry and ecopoetry, Krenz makes the case for a fresh approach to comparative poetry studies that takes into account new forms of poetic expression and probes into alternative grammars of understanding.
Throughout his career, self-taught Scottish writer James Hogg (1770-1835) violated literary proprieties which discouraged the frank treatment of prostitution, infanticide, and the violence of war. Contemporary reviewers received Hogg’s bluntness rather fiercely because, in so doing, he questioned the ideologies of chastity, marriage and military masculinities that informed emerging discourses of the British Empire. This book reveals the strategic use that Hogg made of the marriage plot to challenge the civilising ideal of the motherly heroine as well as martial and sentimental masculinities which supported the discourse of a strong but tamed national vigour, thereby highlighting Hogg’s critical use of gender stereotypes in relation to norms of class and ethnicity when deconstructing this plot convention.
An important aspect of narrative motivation is emotional understanding. The sequence of events completes an emotional cadence in the audience, which makes narratives meaningful for them. In this regard, negative emotions have an outstanding role. Based on general emotion-theories, positive emotions support approaching action tendencies while negative emotions endorse distancing and avoiding. However, this notion is not valid for aesthetic reception, because as research shows, aesthetic objects eliciting negative emotions greatly attract recipients and increase the intensity of the aesthetic experience. In aesthetic experience, it seems, negative emotions interweave with pleasure; moreover, they can be a source of pleasure. The studies of this volume discuss the role of negative emotions in the reception of fictional narratives with special interest to fear and disgust.