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Michel Leiris
Writing the Self

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Part of Cambridge Studies in French

  • Date Published: January 2005
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  • isbn: 9780511037924

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  • This is the first full-length study in English of the work of Michel Leiris, a central figure in contemporary French culture. It explores Leiris's participation in some of the most striking intellectual and artistic movements of the twentieth-century: surrealism, ethnography and existentialism. Comparing his writing to the major artistic, political and philosophical concepts of the period, Hand asserts that Leiris's multi-volume autobiography remains as the model form of twentieth century self-inquiry.

    • First full-length study of Leiris in English
    • Reveals a writer who is seen, increasingly, as a central figure in twentieth-century French writing
    • Interdisciplinary study, drawing on recent critical theoretical work
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    'This is the first in-depth study in English of Michel Leiris's work, and it offers a well organised and penetrating analysis of all the aspects of this unusual writer.' Modern & Contemporary France

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    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511037924
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the deaths of Michel Leiris
    Part I. Texts and Contexts:
    1. Unities and identities: Leiris and surrealism
    2. Recasting the self: from surrealism to ethnography
    3. Autobiographical frameworks: from ethnography to L'Age d'homme
    4. Positional play: La Règle du jeu
    5. Secreting the self: Journal 1922–1989
    Part II. The Quest for Presence in La Règle du jeu:
    6. Excess of joy: the beginnings of presence in '… Reusement!'
    7. Organs of learning: sensing presence in Biffures
    8. The act of union: being-in-the-world in La Règle du jeu
    9. Thanatography: non-being as the limit of autobiography
    Conclusion: locating Leiris

  • Author

    Seán Hand, Oxford Brookes University
    Seán Hand is Professor of French and Head of the School of Languages at Oxford Brookes University. He has published on Derrida, psychoanalysis, and contemporary French writing.

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