Paths to Contemporary French Literature: Volume 1, Volume 1

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John Taylor
Routledge, Apr 17, 2018 - Literary Criticism - 716 pages

Although the great French novelists of the last two centuries are widely read in America, there is a widespread notion that little of importance has happened in French literature since the heyday of Sartre, Camus, and the nouveau roman. Some might argue that even well read Americans are ignorant about what is happening in European literature generally. Certainly, there has never been so few translations of foreign books in the United States, or so little coverage of foreign writers. Curious American readers need new, up-to-date information and analyses about what is happening elsewhere. Paths to Contemporary French Literature is a stimulating and much-needed guide to the major currents of one of the world's great literatures.

This critical panorama of contemporary French literature introduces English-language readers to over fifty important writers and poets, many of whom are still little known outside of France. Emphasizing authors who are admired by their peers (as opposed to those with overnight reputations), John Taylor offers a compelling insider's view. The pioneering essays included in this book offer incisive analyses of the ideas motivating current writing and delve into a writer's or poet's entire output. Although some names may be familiar (Marguerite Duras, Hulbne Cixous, Philippe Jaccottet, Henri Michaux), the reader obtains fresh reappraisals of their seminal work. Especially noteworthy, however, are Taylor's lively introductions to many other key writers who either have not yet crossed the English Channel, let alone the Atlantic. Combating the notion that French literature is overtly intellectual, inaccessible, or interested only in formal experimentation, Taylor shows that many French writers are instead acutely inquisitive about the outside world, shrewd observers of reality, even very funny.

Although not conceived as a reference book, the volume possesses some qualities of a reference work: a good bibliography, reliable dates and biographical facts. Paths to Contemporary French Literature will be of interest to students of French literature and culture, literary scholars, and readers of contemporary fiction and poetry.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1
3
Chapter 2
17
Chapter 3
24
Chapter 4
27
Chapter 5
31
Chapter 6
33
Chapter 7
39
Chapter 8
42
Chapter 31
152
Chapter 32
163
Chapter 33
173
Chapter 34
175
Chapter 35
182
Chapter 36
185
Chapter 37
190
Chapter 38
194

Chapter 9
45
Chapter 10
50
Chapter 11
54
Chapter 12
57
Chapter 13
60
Chapter 14
62
Chapter 15
69
Chapter 16
75
Chapter 17
82
Chapter 18
87
Chapter 19
90
Chapter 20
95
Chapter 21
101
Chapter 22
104
Chapter 23
111
Chapter 24
114
Chapter 25
117
Chapter 26
120
Chapter 27
129
Chapter 28
132
Chapter 29
140
Chapter 30
149
Chapter 39
201
Chapter 40
209
Chapter 41
214
Chapter 42
218
Chapter 43
229
Chapter 44
237
Chapter 45
247
Chapter 46
252
Chapter 47
257
Chapter 48
265
Chapter 49
276
Chapter 50
290
Chapter 51
295
Chapter 52
298
Chapter 53
301
Chapter 54
303
Chapter 55
306
Notes
317
Bibliography
331
58Indexpdf
353
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John Taylor, a journalist for more than two decades, has been a contributing editor at New York magazine and a senior writer for Esquire. He lives in East Moriches, New York.

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