Theories and Practices from Surrealism to the Present
By (author) Michael Sheringham
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Everyday Life by Michael Sheringham
Book DescriptionIn the last twenty years the concept of the quotidien, or the everyday, has been prominent in contemporary French culture and in British and American cultural studies. This book provides the first comprehensive analytical survey of the whole field of approaches to the everyday. It offers, firstly, a historical perspective, demonstrating the importance of mainstream and dissident Surrealism; the indispensable contribution, over a 20-year period (1960-80), of four major figures: Henri Lefebvre, Roland Barthes, Michel de Certeau, and Georges Perec; and the recent proliferation of works that investigate everyday experience. Secondly, it establishes the framework of philosophical ideas on which discourses on the everyday depend, but which they characteristically subvert. Thirdly, it comprises searching analyses of works in a variety of genres, including fiction, the essay, poetry, theatre, film, photography, and the visual arts, consistently stressing how explorations of the everyday tend to question and combine genres in richly creative ways. By demonstrating the enduring contribution of Perec and others, and exploring the Surrealist inheritance, the book proposes a genealogy for the remarkable upsurge of interest in the everyday since the 1980s. A second main objective is to raise questions about the dimension of experience addressed by artists and thinkers when they invoke the quotidien or related concepts. Does the 'everyday' refer to an objective content defined by particular activities, or is it best thought of in terms of rhythm, repetition, festivity, ordinariness, the generic, the obvious, the given? Are there events or acts that are uniquely 'everyday', or is the quotidien a way of thinking about events and acts in the 'here and now' as opposed to the longer term? What techniques or genres are best suited to conveying the nature of everyday life? The book explores these questions in a comparative spirit, drawing new parallels between the work of numerous writers and artists, including Andre Breton, Raymond Queneau, Walter Benjamin, Michel Leiris, Maurice Blanchot, Michel Foucault, Stanley Cavell, Annie Ernaux, Jacques Reda, and Sophie Calle.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199273959
(242mm x 163mm x 31mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 9-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Michael Sheringham
Everyday Life, Paperback (May 2009)
The notion of the everyday is at the heart of modern French cultural and Anglo-American cultural studies. This book provides a detailed map of this territory, linking the pioneering work of such key figures as Georges Perec and Michel de Certeau, to currents in Surrealism, ethnography, fiction, film, and photography.
Simone De Beauvoir, Gender and Testimony, Paperback (December 2006)
A full-length study of Beauvoir's autobiographical and biographical writings in the context of ideas on selfhood.
Politics and Narratives of Birth, Paperback (November 2006)
A feminist analysis which combines a psychoanalytic perspective on catastrophic birth with the politics of reproduction in the emergent democracy of nineteenth-century France.
Politeness and Its Discontents, Paperback (November 2006)» View all books by Michael Sheringham
A 1992 study of the place and nature of the ideal of politeness in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century writing in France, Britain and Russia.
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Author Biography - Michael Sheringham
Michael Sheringham is Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature at the University of Oxford.
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