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What Forms Can Do – The Work of Form in 20th- and 21st- Century French Literature and Thought - Liverpool Scholarship Online
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What Forms Can Do: The Work of Form in 20th- and 21st- Century French Literature and Thought

Patrick Crowley and Shirley Jordan


The chapters in this book respond to important questions about the formal properties of French literary texts and the agency of form. A central feature of twentieth- and twenty-first century French and Francophone writing has been the exploration of how cultural forms (literary, philosophical and visual) create distinctive semiotic environments and at the same time engage with external realities. The aim of this volume is to explore how the formal properties of a range of texts inflect our reading of them and, through that exploration, to renew the engagement with form that has been a key feat ... More

Keywords: Form, Genre, Contemporary French Literature and Thought, The Everyday, The Real

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781789620658
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789620658.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Crowley, editor

Shirley Jordan, editor

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Part 1 Interrogating Form

Part 2 Form and Life Writing

Chapter Six Narratives of Forgetting

Gunnthorunn Gudmundsdottir

Part 3 Form and Social Experience

Part 4 Forms and Formless: World, Movement, Thought

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