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Moving Targets: French Fiction In The Twenty-First Century, Philippe Brand Jan 2011

Moving Targets: French Fiction In The Twenty-First Century, Philippe Brand

French & Italian Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation examines the return to story in the French novel that begins in the mid-1980s, some decades after the New Novelists called into question the most fundamental elements of the traditional novel. The first chapter focuses on certain hallmarks of literary innovation in the twentieth century, from Marcel Proust's A la Recherche du temps perdu to the novels published by Philippe Sollers and Pierre Guyotat. In the body of the dissertation, I devote one chapter each to five writers-- Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Marie Redonnet, √Čric Chevillard, Christine Montalbetti, and Xabi Molia--who reconsider the potential of "the critical novel," namely ...