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Thresholds of Meaning: Passage, Ritual and Liminality in Contemporary French Narrative

Jean H. Duffy


This book examines contemporary French narrative and explores two related issues: the centrality within recent French fiction and autofiction of the themes of passage, ritual and liminality; and, the thematic continuity which links this work with its literary ancestors of the 1960s and 1970s. Through the close analysis of novels and recits by Pierre Bergounioux, Francois Bon, Marie Darrieussecq, Helene Lenoir, Laurent Mauvignier and Jean Rouaud, the book demonstrates the ways in which contemporary narrative, while capitalising on the formal lessons of the nouveau roman and drawing upon a share ... More

Keywords: contemporary French narrative, centrality, autofiction, thematic continuity, nouveau roman, rituals, social man, passage, liminality, referential world

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781846316661
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846316791


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean H. Duffy, author