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Walker, D. H. / Flower, John E.
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Outrage and Insight (inbunden)

Outrage and Insight

Modern French Writers and the Fait Divers

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- The Papin sisters -- two maids who shocked France by savagely butchering their mistress and her daughter. - Violette Nozieres -- arrested for poisoning her mother and father. The serial murderer Eugen Weidmann -- the last man to be publicly guillotined in France.These sordid tales, widely disseminated by the French press in articles known as the faits divers, have inflamed the imaginations of French writers and intellectuals from Zola and de Beauvoir to Barthes, Foucault and Lacan. They are the basis for some of the most enduring characters in French fiction -- Julian Sorel, Emma Bovary and Therese Desqueyroux -- and continue to enthrall readers on a daily basis.This fascinating book is the only systematic study of the creative relationship between French writers and intellectuals and the fait divers. In addition to finding inspiration in these items, many French novelists and intellectuals have been moved to comment on the psychological, social and judicial issues to which they habitually give rise. The study of this phenomenon underscores the powerful hold the sensational has exerted on the nation's psyche and shows how the more lurid aspects of popular culture have fired the imaginations not only of the masses but of the intelligentsia as well.
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'Worth the read for the purely historical information about criminals who were famous in the 1920s and '30s, this volume is recommended for all readers interested in modern French literature.' - Choice'Walker's research and analysis is equally impressive whether applied to individual works or wider social phenomena.'Journal of European Studies'This remarkable book deals wit what, in poor imitation of Queneau, one might call the factidiversoid aspect of literary representation.'Modern & Contemporary France'Combining traditional literary scholarship with cultural history, David Walker has produced a rich, well-researched volume that makes a usefully divergent contribution to the continuing definition of French cultural studies.'MLR'alert, original, and very thought-provoking'AUMLA

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David H. Walker Professor of French,University of Sheffield


Part 1 Writers and journalism: from fin de siecle to fait divers - Alfred Jeffrey, Charles-Louis Philippe and "Le Canard Sauvage"; cultivating the fait divers - detective. Part 2 Culture and criminality: old masters - trials, tales and sequestrian in Gide and Mauriac; young iconoclasts - surrealism and the scene of the crime. Part 3 Literature, history and la factidiversialite: literature, history and factidiversiality; the news and the war; the aftermath of calamity. Part 4 Facts, fictions and rumours: Albert Camus - the eye of the reporter; Jean Genet - life among the fait divers. Part 5 Fantasies of violence - female intuitions: consuming news - Simone de Beauvoir; consuming passions - Marguerite Duras. Part 6 Fantasies of violence - male perversions: anything can happen - Jean-Paul Sartre; textual hide-and-seek - Alain Robbe-Grillet. Part 7 Setting the record straight - J.M.G. Le Clezio.