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What Forms Can DoThe Work of Form in 20th- and 21st- Century French Literature and Thought$
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Patrick Crowley and Shirley Jordan

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620658

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620658.001.0001

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What Forms Can Do: The Work of Form in 20th- and 21st-century French Literature and Thought

What Forms Can Do: The Work of Form in 20th- and 21st-century French Literature and Thought

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(p.1) Introduction What Forms Can Do: The Work of Form in 20th- and 21st-century French Literature and Thought
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What Forms Can Do
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Patrick Crowley, Shirley Jordan
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789620658.003.0001

This introduction provides a context for the volume by opening up the question of the agency of form and the work it accomplishes in a range of texts — including fiction, life-writing, poetry and thought — that explore the everyday and the real. The chapter addresses the broad trajectory and some of the key articulations and tendencies of form in the period covered by the volume and argues that form is not simply about the nature of aesthetic objects but a term that can be linked to translation and to social and ideological constructs that work to pattern and shape the ways we act and think. Indeed, in engaging with the contents of the volume, the authors of the introduction argue that form is about the potential for transformation. As such, form transforms us and also serves to transform how we see and read the world. The introduction thus provides a set of key considerations to guide the reader through the book, and also beyond it.  

Keywords:   Form, Genre, The Everyday, The Real, Agency

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