Of Words and the World: Referential Anxiety in Contemporary by David R. Ellison

By David R. Ellison

Here David Ellison explores the issues encountered by means of France's most sensible experimental authors writing among 1956 and 1984, whilst confronted with the query: "What should still my writing be about?" those years are characterised by way of the increase of the "new novelists," who wondered the representational functionality of writing as they created works of mind's eye that grew to become in upon themselves and clear of external truth. It turned trendy at one element to verify that literature used to be now not concerning the international yet uniquely in regards to the phrases on a web page, the signifying floor of the textual content. Ellison exams this assumption, displaying that even within the such a lot doubtless self-referential fictions the phrases element to the realm from which they could by no means thoroughly separate themselves.

Through shut readings Ellison examines the novels and theoretical writings of authors whose works are primary to our belief of latest French writing and idea: Camus, Robbe-Grillet, Simon, Duras, Sarraute, Blanchot, and Beckett. the result's a brand new realizing of the hyperlink among the referential functionality of literary language and the frustrating of the ethics of fiction.

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