Just, Daniel.

Literature, Ethics, and Decolonization in Postwar France : The Politics of Disengagement - Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2015. - 1 online resource (230 p.) - eBooks on Demand .

Cover; Half-title; Title page; Copyright information; Dedication; Table of contents; Acknowledgments; Note on translations; Introduction: Literature and engagement; Chapter 1 Neutral writing and Roland Barthes's theory of exhausted literature; Writing degree zero and the novel; Flaubert and the literature of silence; Camus's The Stranger; Exhausted literature; Writing degree zero and history; Chapter 2 Maurice Blanchot and the politics of narrative genres; The récit and the novel; Language and chatter; Literature and silence; The récit's (in)humanity; The récit and history Chapter 3 Literary weakness: Maurice Blanchot, commitment, and decolonizationThe Last Man; The Last Man and the reader; The Last Man, history, and reality; Blanchot's literary politics; Chapter4 The poverty of history and memory: Albert Camus's Algeria; Memory and poverty; History and violence; Land and history; History and memory: a question of identity; The ethics of empty memory; Chapter 5 Albert Camus and the politics of shame; Guilt in The Fall; Land in Exile and the Kingdom; Ethics and politics in ""The Guest""; Shame in ""The Guest""; Camus's politics of shame Chapter 6 Marguerite Duras, war traumas, and the dilemmas of literary representationRemembering the past in Hiroshima Mon Amour; The dilemmas of remembering and narrating; Displacement and commitment; Ethics, politics, and literary language; Relating to reality politically; Chapter 7 Literary void: Ethics and politics in Marguerite Duras's hybrid stories; The politics of refusal; The literature of void; The poetics of hybridization; The aesthetic of blankness; The politics of blankness; Conclusion: The literature of exhaustion, weakness, and blankness; The novel: work, action, and the self Exhausted literature: against the novel, work, and the selfThe ethics of exhausted literature; The politics of exhausted literature; Exhausted literature and history; Notes; Introduction; Chapter 1; Chapter 2; Chapter 3; Chapter 4; Chapter 5; Chapter 6; Chapter 7; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index

A wide-ranging account of French literature of the 1950s and 1960s showing how politically engaged leading writers were.

9781316235454 125 (NL)


Decolonization in literature.
Ethics in literature.
French literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Politics and literature -- France -- History -- 20th century.


Electronic books.

PQ307.P64 J87 2015

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