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Sabine Weber

Zeitlebens beschäftigt sich der Romancier Gustave Flaubert intensiv mit Denk- und Vorstellungsformen von Endlichkeit und Abschied. In seinem literarischen Werk setzt er dem Tod, der radikalen Sinnvernichtung, ein Kunstwerk entgegen, das sich in der ästhetischen Überformung des toten weiblichen Körpers zeigt.

Wie auf einer Schaubühne ist der Leichnam Emma Bovarys hinter Vorhängen aufgebahrt. Eine kalte Aura umgibt das Todestableau der karthagischen Prinzessin Salammbô. Die kühle Darstellungsform des Flaubertschen Erzählers erscheint ohne Mitleid. Flauberts Romanfiguren beklagen den Tod im leeren Pathos, in verstellten Trauergebärden, die an ein Schauspiel erinnern. Kulturelle Formen des Abschieds und des Angedenkens werden als scheinhafte Inszenierungen aufgedeckt. An ihre Stelle rückt eine unheimliche Todesvergegenwärtigung in Form eines schwarzen Abgrunds, in dem die Grenzen des Sicht- und Vorstellbaren gesprengt sind und aus dem der Künstler selbst schöpft.


Edited by Alain-Philippe Durand

Encore plus peut-être qu’un Michel Houellebecq (que l’on voit rarement à la télévision), Frédéric Beigbeder est le symbole d’une nouvelle génération de romanciers qui agace l’intelligentsia. Ainsi, la constatation initiale qui se trouve à l’origine de ce volume est qu’à cause de sa personnalité et de ses activités multiples, Beigbeder existe uniquement pour ses innombrables fidèles à travers le monde qui se satisfont de la lecture de ses romans. Pour les autres dans leur grande majorité - les critiques, les universitaires, les intellectuels – il ne mérite aucune attention sérieuse, ses œuvres n’existent pas. Or, en ce qui nous concerne, l’équation n’est pas si simple. D’où les pages qui suivent. Ce premier volume entièrement consacré à Beigebder réunit donc des romanciers, des journalistes et des universitaires des deux côtés de l’Atlantique. Il contient également un entretien et une correspondance inédits de Beigbeder.

Territoires et terres d’histoires

Perspectives, horizons, jardins secrets dans la littérature française d’aujourd’hui


Edited by Sjef Houppermans, Christine Bosman Delzons and Danièle de Ruyter-Tognotti

Territoires et terres d’histoires - perspectives, horizons, jardins secrets dans la littérature française d’aujourd’hui est un recueil qui se veut panoramique et explorateur, donnant sa part à l’analyse approfondie aussi bien qu’au plaisir des découvertes et des surprises. Les choix judicieux des différents spécialistes permettent de combiner des synthèses équilibrées et des aventures de lecture originales. Parcours fléchés, promenades guidées, randonnées suggérées: marcheurs de grand chemin, baladeurs du dimanche et coureurs de fond peuvent y trouver des excursions à leur goût. Au programme : Michel Houellebecq et Frédéric Beigbeder; Jean-Christophe Grangé; Benoît Peeters; François Bon; Antoine Volodine; Christine Angot; Hélène Cixous; Pierre Bergounioux; Olivier Rolin; Sylvie Germain; Marie Darrieussecq; Tanguy Viel; Alain Robbe-Grillet; Pascal Quignard; Richard Millet; Henri Raczymow; Gaétan Soucy; Lionel Trouillot.

Heroism and Passion in Literature

Studies in Honour of Moya Longstaffe


Edited by Graham Gargett

This volume, prompted by the publication in 1999 of Moya Longstaffe's remarkable study, Metamorphoses of Passion and the Heroic in French Literature: Corneille, Stendhal, Claudel, further investigates and analyses the multiple appearances of Passion and Heroism in literature. It pursues the exploration of these themes in a variety of cultures (English, French, German, Spanish), genres, and critical approaches. In addition, the chronological span represented is extremely wide. Contributions range from La Fontaine, Molière and Voltaire to Rimbaud and Camus; from Baudelaire to Beckett; from Wagner to Goytisolo. This very diversity gives necessary context, providing scope for reflection and analysis. Although passion seems timeless, can heroism have any real meaning - apart from an individual and existential one - in our postmodern age? Has a notion at the centre of European culture for so many centuries really disappeared from our intellectual and cultural universe? This volume will be of interest to all students of literature, whatever their critical or linguistic allegiance, since it focuses on the varying manifestations of two vital ingredients of all societies and cultures.

Sabine Weber

Vorstellungskraft übersteigt. Flauberts trou noir erinnert an jenes schwarze Loch (engl. black hole ), das als „Überbleibsel massereicher Sterne“ 9 zum beliebten Untersuchungsgegenstand der modernen Astrophysik avancieren wird und in dem Raum und Zeit verformt, Licht und Materie verschluckt werden. 10 Das

Tricksters and Pranksters

Roguery in French and German Literature of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance


Alison Williams

This volume represents a contribution to comparative scholarship in Medieval and Renaissance studies in its investigation of the ingenious diversity of roguish practices found in Medieval and Renaissance literature and its recognition of the coherent normative function of tales of tricksters and pranksters. The wide variety of works analysed, from those forming part of the established canon of texts on undergraduate degree schemes to lesser-known works, makes the volume of interest to students and researchers alike.
The roguish behaviour of women, priests, foxes and outlaws and the knavery of Eulenspiegel and Panurge are used to illustrate how rituals of inversion and humiliation typical of the medieval carnival are reflected in literary accounts of trickery, and to question whether the restorative function attributed to carnival celebration is equally to be found in the intra-textual and extra-textual outcomes of trickery. This analysis is supported by studies into the trickster in mythology, sociological investigations into the role of disorder, Bakhtinian theories of carnival and the carnivalesque, and theories of black humour.

Shades of Sexuality

Colors and Sexual Identity in the Novels of Blaise Cendrars


Amanda Leamon

Shades of Sexuality: Colors and Sexual Identity in the Novels of Blaise Cendrars, by Amanda Leamon, is currently one of the few studies on the modernist poet and novelist Blaise Cendrars to be written in English. Of interest to scholars of Cendrars, Modernism, Twentieth Century French Literature and early Twentieth Century Art and Humanities, Shades of Sexuality is unique among the growing body of criticism and analysis of Cendrars' fiction in that it explores the ways in which Cendrars makes use of the spectrum of fragmented colors and other elements of disguise and trompe-l'oeil, both as an artistic device in the construction of the fictional tekst, and as a recurrent motif in the representation and exploration of the male subject and his relation to woman. The author demonstrates how Cendrars effects intersections of gender in the tekst through the manipulation of colors and their associations with femininity, ultimately undermining the illusory façade of male autonomy which dominates his fictional corpus.


Edited by Yann Mével, Dominique Rabaté and Sjef Houppermans

The Pleasures of Crime

Reading Modern French Crime Fiction


David Platten

For 150 years the French public and literati have enjoyed a love affair with crime fiction. This book investigates the nature of this relationship and how through periods of dramatic social and political change in France it has flourished. It challenges the conventional view of a popular genre feeding a niche market, depicting crime fiction instead as a field of creative endeavour, which has gradually matured into one of considerable literary fertility. By inviting us to share secrets and crack codes, creating suspense and (at times) not shirking from presenting horrific events in graphic language, the crime story brings into play the intellect and emotions of its readership. This book explores both this intrinsic literary value of the crime novel and its extrinsic witness to historical events and cultural trends, arguing that these apparently distinct aspects are in fact dynamic, interrelated parts of the same whole. This blend of cultural history with literary analysis allows for the discussion of themes such as politics, memory, the urban environment and youth cultures, mixed with case studies of major French crime writers, including Gaston Leroux, Georges Simenon, Jean-Patrick Manchette, Daniel Pennac and Fred Vargas.