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Reading Nathalie Sarraute : Dialogue and Distance - Emer O'Beirne

Reading Nathalie Sarraute

Dialogue and Distance

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Published: 1st September 1999
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Spanning seven decades, Nathalie Sarraute's literary career has established her as one of the most prominent and highly respected French writers of the twentieth century. From the outset she has sought, through consistent formal innovation, to develop a mode of literary expression adequate to an endlessly mobile and mutable self stifled as much in public discourse as in traditional fictional characterization. Central to that enterprise is the dream of full and transparent communication with another, and ultimately with an ideal reader. This study is the first to explore in detail the interaction between the increasing move towards dialogue in Sarraute's prose works (Tu ne t'aimes pas is an extreme example), and the dialogue those works initiate with their readers. Intensely aware of the pitfalls of communication, both spoken and written, Sarraute's prose writings illuminate not only the dynamics of conversation, but also those of the reading process.

`Reading Nathalie Sarraute is a profoundly dense but abundantly readeble, no pun inteded, graduate-level text that will require more work from the professor than from the students.' French Review 75.1 `The technical execution of the text is superb in its attention to detail. ... The index, a critical aspect of such a work, is outstanding.' French Review 75.1 `The work and its considerable insights are re-bundled in the conclusion where O'Beirne does one final loop from language to silence and back - a brilliant wrap-up which examines the logic of the ideal Sarrautean dialogue where repliques are self-confirming reinforcements of the speaker's perspective.' French Review 75.1 `This is a bold study that delivers while scrupulously avoiding the mindless "lito-babble" that can render a text an endless series of free-floating Rorschach images.' French Review 75.1 `sophisticated and lucidly expressed...this is a volume for the Sarraute specialist, yet the clarity of its theoretical analyses has much to offer too for scholars preoccupied with the tangled complex of relations linking language, experience, text, writer and reader' Forum for Modern Language Studies, Volume 37, No 3

Introduction 1: Irony, Dialogue, and the Novel 2: The Writing Self: Irony and Authority 3: The Self and Language: Authenticity and Convention 4: Reading and Otherness 5: Reading in Theory and Practice Conclusion: Ici - From Language to Silence and Back Notes Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780198159858
ISBN-10: 0198159854
Series: Oxford Modern Languages & Literature Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st September 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43