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Egalitarian Strangeness: On Class Disturbance and Levelling in Modern and Contemporary French Narrative

Edward J. Hughes

Abstract

The formulation ‘egalitarian strangeness’ is a direct borrowing from Courts voyages au pays du peuple [Short Voyages to the Land of the People] (1990), a set of essays by the contemporary French thinker Jacques Rancière. Perhaps best known for his theory of radical equality as set out in Le Maître ignorant [The Ignorant Schoolmaster] (1987), Rancière reflects on ways in which a hierarchical social order based on inequality can come to be unsettled. In the democracy of literature, for example, words and sentences, he argues, serve to capture any life and make that available to any reader. The p ... More

Keywords: social class, French literature, Jacques Rancière, radical equality, class identities, material culture, social dressage, emancipation, egalitarian encounter, practices of language

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781800348424
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781800348424.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward J. Hughes, author