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Literature, Psychoanalysis, and Politics in Modern France


Part of Cambridge Studies in French

  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521032353

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  • In this 1995 book, which includes a substantial introduction, Jeffrey Mehlman confronts the politically devastating resonances in the work of several leading French writers. The essays focus on the series of enigmas surrounding the 'Blanchot affair' - a scandal provoked by Mehlman's revelation in 1977 that Maurice Blanchot, one of the tutelary figures of contemporary French thought, had in the 1930s been a prominent fascist journalist. Mehlman takes the issue of Blanchot's forgotten political essays deep into the most revered - and misunderstood - of his novels, L'Arrêt de mort. Using this affair as a point of departure, Mehlman sheds light on the question of the usability of psychoanalysis for literary readings (examining, for example, Baudelaire, Mallarmé and Valéry); he also investigates the ideological and political connotations of similar literary and theoretical material. The volume as a whole provides a consistently provocative meditation on literature, ethics, and the experience of the French in World War II.

    • Mehlman is one of the most provocative voices working in French literature
    • Original perspective on the vexed question of literature, ethics and the experience of the French in World War II
    • Mehlman sheds light on the question of the usability of psychoanalysis for literary readings
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521032353
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 137 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.359kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Craniometry and criticism: notes on a Valéryan criss-cross
    3. Literature and hospitality: Klossowski's Hamann
    4. Literature and collaboration: Benoist-Méchin's return to Proust
    5. 'Pierre Menard, author of Don Quixote' again
    6. Iphigenia 38: deconstruction, history and the case of L'Arrêt de mort
    7. Writing and deference: the politics of literary adulation
    8. Perspectives: on Paul de Man and Le Soir
    9. Prosopopeia revisited
    10. The paranoid style in French prose: Lacan with Léon Bloy
    11. The Holocaust comedies of 'Emile Ajar'
    12. Pour Sainte-Beuve: Maurice Blanchot, 10 March 1942
    13. Flowers of evil: Paul Morand, the Collaboration and literary history
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  • Author

    Jeffrey Mehlman, Boston University

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