Claude Simon : adventures in words /

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Author / Creator:Duncan, Alastair B.
Imprint:Manchester [England] ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed by St Martin's Press, c1994.
Description:200 p. ; 23 cm.
Format: Print Book
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. [188]-197) and index.
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Duncan has brought together in this volume a number of his essays on the French novelist Claude Simon, a recent Nobel laureate who is still not well known. Covering Simon's most important novels, including major works written in the '80s, this book is a good introduction to the problematics of memory, representation, and history that are at the heart of Simon's novels, post-Faulknerian works that might be likened to fragmented mosaics that seek to represent the self in time and history. In several essays Duncan argues against the canonical interpretations of Simon that the French theorist Ricardou had imposed in the '70s. In another he attempts a psychoanalytic reading. Most interesting is his return in several pieces to autobiographical interpretation, which brings this book in line with recent developments in French theory rejecting the seventies' insistence on the autonomy of fictional writing. Duncan traces autobiographical elements throughout Simon's work and ends this volume with an essay on L'Acacia (1989) as the summation of "myths of history, family and self." A quite readable volume to add to the slowly growing corpus of Simon criticism. Upper-division undergraduate and up. A. Thiher; University of Missouri--Columbia

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