Writing Marginality in Modern French Literature
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Writing Marginality in Modern French Literature by Edward J. Hughes
Book DescriptionWriting Marginality in Modern French Literature, first published in 2001, explores how cultural centres require the peripheral, the outlawed and the deviant in order to define and bolster themselves. It analyses the hierarchies of cultural value which inform the work of six modern French writers: the exoticist Pierre Loti; Paul Gauguin, whose Noa Noa enacts European fantasies about Polynesia; Proust, who analyses such exemplary figures of exclusion and inclusion as the homosexual and the xenophobe; Montherlant, who claims to subvert colonialist values in La Rose de sable; Camus, who pleads an alienating detachment from the cultures of both metropolitan France and Algeria; and Jean Genet. Crucially Genet, who was typecast as France's moral pariah, in charting Palestinian statelessness in his last work, Un Captif amoureux (1986), reflects ethically on the dispossession of the Other and the violence inherent in the West's marginalization of cultural difference.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521025782
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Edward J. Hughes
Proust, Class, and Nation, Hardback (September 2011)
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Marcel Proust, Paperback (June 2010)
This 1983 book attempted to address the dearth of analysis of the crisis of hypersensitivity in many of Proust's characters.
Cambridge Companion to Camus, Paperback (April 2007)
An accessible guide to Albert Camus, one of the iconic figures of modern French literature, first published in 2007.
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In this 2001 book, Hughes explores how cultural centres require the peripheral, and the deviant to define themselves.
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Author Biography - Edward J. Hughes
Edward J. Hughes is Reader in modern French literature at Royal Holloway College at the University of London.
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