Literature, Art and the Pursuit of Decay in Twentieth-Century France (Cambridge Studies in French)


Literature, Art and the Pursuit of Decay in Twentieth-Century France (Cambridge Studies in French)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 232 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521419703
  • DDC分類 944.081

Full Description

In Literature, Art and the Pursuit of Decay, Timothy Mathews examines work by a range of writers and painters working in France in the twentieth century. The well-illustrated book engages with canonical figures - Guillaume Apollinaire, Marguerite Duras and Jean Genet, Roland Barthes, Pablo Picasso and Rene Magritte - as well as more neglected individuals including Robert Desnos and Jean Fautrier. Mathews draws on psychoanalysis, existentialism and poststructuralism to show how both literature and fine art promote the value of generosity in a culture of anxiety and intolerance. Decay emerges as a surprising ally in this quest because of its ability to undermine intellectual complacency and egoism. Integrating theoretical and material approaches to reading and viewing, Mathews engages with the distinctive features of different literary genres and different types of painting to develop an original history of artistic ambition in twentieth-century France.

Table of Contents

Prologue: form and decay
1. Looking and loving: Harlequins in
Apollinaire and Picasso
2. Signs and the imaginary: the pleasures of
discontent in Roland Barthes
3. Dreams, schemes and wordplay: the surrealism
of Robert Desnos
4. Sterility and power: on some paintings by
5. The offerings of decay: Jean Fautrier, Les
6. Clothed intimacy: theatre and sex in
Marguerite Duras, Les Yeux Bleus Cheveux Noirs
7. 'Des Milliers de Parisiens': conflict,
community and collapse in Jean Genet, Les
List of works consulted
List of illustrations