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Cambridge Studies in French : Michel Leiris: Writing the Self Series Number 70 - Sean Hand

Cambridge Studies in French

Michel Leiris: Writing the Self Series Number 70

By: Sean Hand


Published: 2nd September 2002
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This is the first full-length study in English of Michel Leiris's work. Frequently cited as a central figure in contemporary French culture, Leiris was an outstanding writer whose double career as ethnographer and creative writer places him at important points of intersection within French cultural history. Sean Hand explores Leiris's active participation in some of the most striking intellectual and artistic movements of the twentieth century; surrealism in the twenties, ethnography in the thirties and existentialism in the forties. Hand locates his writing in these different contexts in relation to the major artistic, political and philosophical concepts of the period. He goes on to argue that Leiris's multi-volume autobiography La Regle du jeu stands as the model form of self-enquiry in the twentieth century. More broadly, Hand explores Leiris's continuing obsession with the notion of 'Presence'. Informed by recent critical theories, Hand offers a multi-disciplinary approach to this intriguing writer.

'This is the first in-depth study in English of Michel Leiris's work, and it offers a well organised and penetrating analysis of all the aspects of this unusual writer.' Modern & Contemporary France

Acknowledgementsp. x
List of abbreviationsp. xi
Introduction: the deaths of Michel Leirisp. 1
Texts and Contexts
Unities and identities: Leiris and surrealismp. 15
Recasting the self: from surrealism to ethnographyp. 45
Autobiographical frameworks: from ethnography to L'Age d'hommep. 61
Positional play: La Regle du jeup. 85
Secreting the self: Journal 1922-1989p. 122
The Quest for Presence in La Regle Du Jeu
Excess of joy: the beginnings of presence in '... Reusement!'p. 151
Organs of learning: sensing presence in Biffuresp. 158
The act of union: being-in-the-world in La Regle du jeup. 169
Thanatography: non-being as the limit of autobiographyp. 185
Conclusion: locating Leirisp. 202
Notesp. 206
Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 255
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ISBN: 9780521495745
ISBN-10: 0521495741
Series: Cambridge Studies in French
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 2nd September 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.57