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Being Contemporary: French Literature, Culture and Politics Today

Lia Brozgal and Sara Kippur (eds)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382639
eISBN:
9781786945198
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

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. ... More


Identities in Flux

Régine Robin

in Being Contemporary: French Literature, Culture and Politics Today

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382639
eISBN:
9781786945198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

‘Identities in Flux’, written by Régine Robin, is the first essay in the ‘Contemporary Politics and French Thought’ section and traces the major forces that have impacted post-colonial France: global ... More


Of Sade, Blanchot, and the French Twentieth Century: Thoughts at Columbia

Jeffrey Mehlman

in Being Contemporary: French Literature, Culture and Politics Today

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382639
eISBN:
9781786945198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

‘Of Sade, Blanchot, and the French Twentieth Century: Thoughts at Columbia’, written by Jeffrey Mehlman, retraces the peregrinations of Maurice Blanchot and considers his relevance today. The essay’s ... More


What Does ‘Vichy’ Mean Now?

Richard J. Golsan

in Being Contemporary: French Literature, Culture and Politics Today

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382639
eISBN:
9781786945198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

‘What does ‘Vichy’ Mean Now?’, written by Richard J. Golsan, is the first essay in the section, ‘The Second World War and Vichy: Present Perspectives’, and offers an analysis of the changing ... More


Making <i>L’Etranger</i> Contemporary: Kamel Daoud’s <i>Meursault, contre-enquête</i>

Alice Kaplan

in Being Contemporary: French Literature, Culture and Politics Today

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382639
eISBN:
9781786945198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.003.0021
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

‘Making L’Etranger Contemporary: Kamel Daoud’s Meursault, contre-enquête’, written by Alice Kaplan, completes the ‘Novel Rereadings’ section and highlights another facet of rereading by offering a ... More


Coping with Contemporariness

Henry Rousso

in Being Contemporary: French Literature, Culture and Politics Today

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382639
eISBN:
9781786945198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

‘Coping with Contemporariness’, written by Henry Rousso, is the first chapter within the ‘Conceptualizing the Contemporary’ section. This essay inquires into the meaning of writing contemporary ... More


Alain Badiou and Antisemitism

Maurice Samuels

in Being Contemporary: French Literature, Culture and Politics Today

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382639
eISBN:
9781786945198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

‘Alain Badiou and Anti-Semitism’, written by Maurice Samuels, focuses on current French debates over the ‘new anti-Semitism.’ In his essay, Samuels identifies the resurgence of anti-Semitism as one ... More


Forces of Solidarity and Logics of Exclusion: The Role of Literary Institutions in Times of Crisis

Gisèle Sapiro

in Being Contemporary: French Literature, Culture and Politics Today

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382639
eISBN:
9781786945198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

‘Forces of Solidarity and Logics of Exclusion: The Role of Literary Institutions in Times of Crisis’, written by Gisèle Sapiro, assesses the marginalization of writers from literary institutions ... More


‘I’ in the Plural: A New Writing of History

Annette Wieviorka

in Being Contemporary: French Literature, Culture and Politics Today

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382639
eISBN:
9781786945198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

‘‘I’ in the Plural: A New Writing of History’, written by Annette Wieviorka, is the first essay in the ‘Writing the Contemporary Self’ section’ and focuses on personal stories of Second World War ... More


The Paradoxes of Being Contemporary: Derrida and the Political

Lawrence D. Kritzman

in Being Contemporary: French Literature, Culture and Politics Today

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382639
eISBN:
9781786945198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

‘The Paradoxes of Being Contemporary’, written by Lawrence D. Kritzman, addresses contemporary crises in the United States. The essay activates Derrida’s reflections on force and justice to think ... More


Rethinking Periodization for the ‘Now-Time’

Emily Apter

in Being Contemporary: French Literature, Culture and Politics Today

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382639
eISBN:
9781786945198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

‘Rethinking Periodization for the ‘Now-Time’, written by Emily Apter, addresses literary history and the issue of time. The essay foregrounds periodicity as a category of literary scholarship and ... More


Risking Who One Is, at the Risk of Thinking: On Writing an Intellectual Biography of Julia Kristeva

Alice Jardine

in Being Contemporary: French Literature, Culture and Politics Today

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382639
eISBN:
9781786945198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

‘Risking Who One Is, at the Risk of Thinking: On Writing an Intellectual Biography of Julia Kristeva’, written by Alice Jardine, discusses the task of writing an intellectual biography and highlights ... More


Selves at Risk: Reading Susan Suleiman with Marc Augé, <i>La Vie en double</i>

Tom Conley

in Being Contemporary: French Literature, Culture and Politics Today

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382639
eISBN:
9781786945198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

‘Selves at Risk: Reading Susan Suleiman with Marc Augé, La Vie en double’, written by Tom Conley, elaborates speculative answers to the question of what makes writing, and particularly certain forms ... More


Long Live Anachronism

Mieke Bal

in Being Contemporary: French Literature, Culture and Politics Today

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382639
eISBN:
9781786945198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.003.0018
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

‘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 ... More


Choices: Beckett’s Way

Christie McDonald

in Being Contemporary: French Literature, Culture and Politics Today

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382639
eISBN:
9781786945198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.003.0020
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Choices: Beckett’s Way, written by Christie McDonald, articulates reinvestment in Proust, and meditates on choice within constraint, and how life becomes art. The interweaving of art, text, music, ... More


A Nest in the Air: Phantom Pain and Contemporary Narrative

Emmanuel Bouju

in Being Contemporary: French Literature, Culture and Politics Today

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382639
eISBN:
9781786945198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.003.0022
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

‘A Nest in the Air: Phantom Pain and Contemporary Narrative’, written by Emmanuel Bouju, is the first in the ‘Memory: Past and Future’ section, and provides a study on the intersection of new ... More


‘Moral Witnessing’?: An Israeli Perspective on Jonathan Littell’s <i>Les Bienveillantes</i>

Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi

in Being Contemporary: French Literature, Culture and Politics Today

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382639
eISBN:
9781786945198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

‘‘Moral Witnessing?’ An Israeli Perspective on Jonathan Littell’s Les Bienveillantes’, written by Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi, offers a cogent critique of Littell’s Goncourt-winning novel. Her essay argues ... More


From ‘Never Forgetting’ to ‘Post-Remembering’ and ‘Co-witnessing’: Memory Work for the Twenty-First Century

Irene Kacandes

in Being Contemporary: French Literature, Culture and Politics Today

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382639
eISBN:
9781786945198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

‘From ‘Never Forgetting’ to ‘Post-Remembering’ and ‘Co-Witnessing’: Memory Work for the Twenty-First Century’, written by Irene Kacandes, examines the rhetorical, political, and ethical stakes of the ... More


‘La Connaissance par corps’: Writing and Self-Exposure in Annie Ernaux

Michael Sheringham

in Being Contemporary: French Literature, Culture and Politics Today

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382639
eISBN:
9781786945198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

‘‘La Connaissance par corps’: Writing and Self-Exposure in Annie Ernaux’, written by Michael Sheringham, offers an interpretive framework through which the past and the present in L’Evénement are ... More


Colette’s <i>Côtelettes</i>, or the Word Made Flesh

Janet Beizer

in Being Contemporary: French Literature, Culture and Politics Today

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382639
eISBN:
9781786945198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.003.0019
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

‘Colette’s Côtelettes, or the Word Made Flesh’, written by Janet Beizer, provides a repositioning of Colette scholarship and revisits debates over the origin of writing in Colette’s work. The essay ... More


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