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Being Contemporary: French Literature, Culture and Politics Today

Lia Brozgal and Sara Kippur


Being Contemporary emerges from a sense of critical urgency to probe the notion of ‘the contemporary’, and the place of the contemporary critic, in French literary and cultural studies today. Consisting of twenty-two critical essays written by scholars in the field of French studies, the volume offers a sustained reflection on the status of the contemporary in French culture and takes a close look at the contemporary moment itself, as well as its concomitant discourse of crisis. The volume is split into four sections. The first section, ‘Conceptualizing the Contemporary’, offers distinct disci ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781781382639
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lia Brozgal, editor
University of California Los Angeles

Sara Kippur, editor
Trinity College, Connecticut

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Introduction Being Contemporary, Then and Now

Lia Brozgal (UCLA) and Sara Kippur (Trinity College)

Part I Conceptualizing the Contemporary

Chapter One Coping with Contemporariness

Henry Rousso Institut d’histoire du temps présent, CNRS, Paris

Chapter Three (After) Conceptualism

Carrie Noland University of California, Irvine

Part II Contemporary Politics and French Thought

Chapter Four Identities in Flux

Régine Robin University of Quebec, Montreal translated from the French by Jane Kuntz

Chapter Five The Paradoxes of Being Contemporary

Lawrence D. Kritzman Dartmouth College

Chapter Seven Alain Badiou and Antisemitism

Maurice Samuels Yale University

Part III The Second World War and Vichy: Present Perspectives

Chapter Eight What Does ‘Vichy’ Mean Now?

Richard J. Golsan Texas A&M University

Chapter Ten Narrative, Testimony, Fiction

Jakob Lothe University of Oslo

Chapter Eleven ‘Moral Witnessing’?

Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi Hebrew University (Professor Emerita)

Part IV Writing the Contemporary Self

Chapter Thirteen ‘I’ in the Plural

Annette Wieviorka Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) translated from the French by Jane Kuntz

Chapter Fourteen Selves at Risk

Tom Conley Harvard University

Chapter Sixteen ‘La Connaissance par corps’

Michael Sheringham All Soul’s College, Oxford

Part V Novel Rereadings

Chapter Seventeen Long Live Anachronism

Mieke Bal University of Amsterdam

Chapter Nineteen Choices: Beckett’s Way

Christie McDonald Harvard University

Part VI Memory: Past and Future

Chapter Twenty-One A Nest in the Air

Emmanuel Bouju CELLAM, University of Rennes 2 translated from the French by Jane Kuntz

Chapter Twenty-Two Adrien and Marcel Proust

Deborah Jenson Duke University

Chapter Twenty-Three Vulnerable Times*

Marianne Hirsch Columbia University

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