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Being ContemporaryFrench Literature, Culture and Politics Today$
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Lia Brozgal and Sara Kippur

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382639

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.001.0001

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Long Live Anachronism

Long Live Anachronism

(p.281) Chapter Seventeen Long Live Anachronism
Being Contemporary

Mieke Bal

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‘Long Live Anachronism’, written by Mieke Bal, is the first essay in the ‘Novel Rereadings’ section and provides a self-conscious analysis of Bal’s own collaborative art practice and its outcomes. In the essay, Bal makes a passionate plea for the essential role of anachronism in our understanding of contemporaneity in art, and suggests that her collaborative audio-visual installation project ‘Madame B’ (what she calls an ‘unfaithful’ adaptation of Flaubert’s novel) ‘actualizes’ the nineteenth-century text to release ‘its political thrust,’ demonstrating the work’s durable ‘aliveness.’

Keywords:   French and Francophone Studies, Literary Theory, Literary Criticism, European Literature, French Literature, French Culture, Cultural Studies, European Studies

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