Writing Marginality in Modern French Literature by Edward J. Hughes
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Writing Marginality in Modern French Literature
By Edward J. Hughes

Writing Marginality in Modern French Literature

From Loti to Genet

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Writing Marginality in Modern French Literature by Edward J. Hughes

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Writing 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 Details

ISBN: 9780521025782
ISBN-10: 0521025788
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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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