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The Return of the Narrative: the Call for the Novel- Le retour a la narration : le desir du roman

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The Return of the Narrative: the Call for the Novel- Le retour a la narration : le desir du roman
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This study focuses on the return of the narrative as applied by literary historians. Through the 1980s, criticism on the hermetic nature of many postmodern texts grew louder and louder: novelists expressed the wish to restore the bonds between the reader and the texts as well as between the texts and the extra-literary reality. Many fiction writers have grown tired of formalism and restore the conventions of realism, though not using them in a passive manner. Literary historians dealing with the post-postmodern or late postmodern European novel agree that conventional techniques are being adopted in new manners, and that all 20th century tendencies that criticized and tried to overcome 19th century realism do leave their traces on the contemporary novel: it might be a matter of hybrid forms combining realism and postmodernism. Cette etude porte sur la notion, souvent avancee par des commentateurs du roman contemporain, du retour a la narration. Le romancier contemporain s'opposerait a l'hermetisme du roman postmoderne et desirerait retablir le lien entre le texte et son lecteur et entre la litterature et la realite extralitteraire. Les ecrivains se lassent du formalisme et reprennent les conventions du realisme sans toutefois les appliquer passivement ; l'auteur actuel n'envisage pas de restaurer une forme traditionnelle, mais de reecrire au second degre certains modeles romanesques afin de mieux representer le monde contemporain. Le roman contemporain serait donc une forme hybride qui combine des tendances realistes et postmodernes.

Author Biography

Sabine van Wesemael is Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam where she teaches European literature. She has published several studies on the contemporary French novel, more precisely on the novels written by Michel Houellebecq. Sabine van Wesemael est maitre de conferences a l'Universite d'Amsterdam ou elle enseigne la litterature europeenne. Elle a publie des etudes sur le roman francais contemporain, plus particulierement sur l'/uvre de Michel Houellebecq. Suze van der Poll is Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam where she teaches European literature. Her main fields of research and publication are modern and 19th century Scandinavian literature as well as late-postmodern Norwegian literature. Suze van der Poll est maitre de conferences a l'Universite d'Amsterdam ou elle enseigne la litterature europeenne. Ses activites de recherche et de publication se concentrent sur la litterature scandinave moderne et du XIXe siecle ainsi que sur la litterature norvegienne du post-modernisme tardif.
Release date Australia
December 29th, 2014
Contributors
Edited by Sabine Van Wesemael Edited by Suze Van Der Poll
Country of Publication
Switzerland
Edition
New edition
Imprint
Peter Lang AG
Pages
226
Dimensions
148x210x25
ISBN-13
9783631652107
Product ID
23701351

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