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The word from Paris : essays on modern French thinkers and writers /
John Sturrock.
London ; New York : Verso, 1998.
xv, 206 p. ; 25 cm.
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London ; New York : Verso, 1998.
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Includes index.
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In this accessible guide to the literature and thought of 20th century France, Sturrock clarifies the various intellectual movements that have marked the recent history of French writing, including Existentialism, Structuralism and the OuLiPo.
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French writing and French thought have always been held in a certain glamorous esteem. For young, radical philosophers of the 1960s searching out intellectual enlightenment in Left Bank cafes and bookshops, for serious-minded semiologists wishing to deconstruct everything around them, and for fans of the formal novel, France has remained a source of stimulation and fresh ideas. John Sturrock has written for many years about French literature and thought, and here presents a wonderfully accessible guide to the major figures of the last fifty years. Reviewing the various movements that have dominated the French intellectual scene--existentialism, the "nouveua roman," structuralism, the OuLiPo--he illustrates how their proponents inspire and excite. How Jean-Paul Sartre, originally an author of little-known fiction, fused politics and philosophy to become one of the best known public intellectuals of the century; how Jacques Lacan's flamboyantly expressed ideas made him a hero to professors of literature while offending many of his fellow psychoanalysts; and how Boris Vian, who trained as an engineer, celebrated in his writing much of what was enjoyable to the French about America: jazz music, a mysterious criminal underworld, an irrevocable youthfulness. Written with great elegance and expertise, the essays in "The Word from Paris" make for an illuminating journey through the intellectual and cultural terrain of twentieth-century France.
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A lucid and accessible guide to the literature and thought of 20th-century France. In a series of definitive essays, journalist John Sturrock ranges over the broad landscape of French writing, clarifying various intellectual movements and discussing writers such as Proust and Celine and thinkers such as Foucault, Lacan, and Derrida. An elegant and illuminating study.
Table of Contents
Intellectuals since 1945p. 3
Jean-Paul Sartrep. 13
Albert Camusp. 24
Roland Barthesp. 33
Louis Althusserp. 43
Jacques Lacanp. 52
Michel Foucaultp. 61
Jacques Derridap. 71
Paul de Manp. 82
Marcel Proustp. 93
Henri Barbussep. 119
Louis-Ferdinand Celinep. 129
A l'Aine Robe Grilleep. 139
Nathalie Sarrautep. 150
Raymond Rousselp. 159
Boris Vianp. 169
Raymond Queneaup. 179
Georges Perecp. 189
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