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Stages #13: Small Worlds: Minimalism in Contemporary French Literature

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Small Worlds examines the minimalist trend in French writing, from the early 1980s to the present. Warren Motte first considers the practice of minimalism in other media, such as the plastic arts and music, and then proposes a theoretical model of minimalist literature. Subsequent chapters are devoted to the work of a variety of contemporary French writers and a diversity of literary genres.
 
In his discussion of minimalism, Motte considers smallness and simplicity, a reduction of means (and the resulting amplification of effect), immediacy, directness, clarity, repetition, symmetry, and playfulness. He argues that economy of expression offers writers a way of renovating traditional literary forms and allows them to represent human experience more directly.
 
Motte provides close readings of novels by distinguished contemporary French writers, including Edmond Jabès, Annie Ernaux, Hervé Guibert, Marie Redonnet, Jean Echenoz, Olivier Targowla, and Emmanuèle Bernheim, demonstrating that however diverse their work may otherwise be, they have all exploited the principle of formal economy in their writing.

About the Author

Warren Motte is a professor of French at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Playtexts: Ludics in Contemporary Literature (Nebraska 1995) is his most recent book.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803232020
Author:
Motte, Warren F.
Publisher:
Unp - Nebraska
Author:
Motte, Warren F.
Location:
Lincoln :
Subject:
French
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
France
Subject:
European - French
Subject:
French literature
Subject:
Minimalism (Literature) -- France.
Subject:
Minimalism
Subject:
French literature -- 20th century.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Stages
Series Volume:
v. 13
Publication Date:
19990331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
213
Dimensions:
8.22x6.29x.91 in. 1.02 lbs.

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