Writing the Self
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- Author: Seán Hand, Oxford Brookes University
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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.Read more
- 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.
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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
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