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Stains/les Taches: Communication and Contamination in French and Francophone Literature and Culture

Zoe Angelis and Blake Gutt (eds)
Format
Book
Published
Oxford ; New York : Peter Lang, 2018.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
French (also in)
Variant Title
Taches
Communication and contamination in French and Francophone literature and culture
Series
Modern French Identities
ISBN
9781787074439 (alk. paper)
Summary
"This volume explores and challenges the extensive possible meanings and semantic connotations of the stain, including dirt, blood, dye, clue, symptom, shadow, smudge, memory, crack, trace and blindspot. The roles, functions, workings and unworkings of stains are interrogated across a range of disciplinary areas in French and Francophone literature and culture. The collection provides a theoretical framework for the significance of the stain in interpretation across a wide range of disciplines as well as offering close readings of films, photographs, paintings and literary texts in which the figure of the stain appears. In this respect, the following key notions are addressed and reconfigured: presence and absence, obscurity, visibility and legibility, form(lessness) and (non)representation, the (non)human and the animal, language and materiality, experience and knowledge, suffering and healing, remembering and forgetting. In parallel, the collection offers innovative readings of the work of key thinkers, examining how Barthes, Proust, Bataille, Camus and others engage with the topic of stains. This volume presents the stain as a powerful critical tool which complicates and contaminates historical, ethical, aesthetic and methodological boundaries. The essays celebrate the productive potential of the stain as an oblique means of accessing and uncovering significant and unexpected continuities and discontinuities" --
Contents
  • Introduction
  • Part One: COMMUNICATION 1. Shakespeare s'est trompé - Pierre Bayard. 2. Punctuation as the mark of experience, or how Barthesian photography has a point - Nicolas Estournel. 3. "L'image absolue": Autobiography and Photography in Marguerite Duras' L'Amant -Elizabeth Woodward. 4. The Cinematic Rorschach: Deciphering Signs and Stains with Michaux and Brakhage - Jules O'Dwyer. 5. Lacunes : Pour une étude conjointe des formes noires dans les calotypes (1840-1860) et dans la poésie mallarméenne (fin XIXe s.) - Nina Ferrer-Gleize. 6. Violent Erasures: Atrocity, Photographic Archives and the Algerian War of Independence (1954-62) - Katarzyna Falęcka. Part Two: CONTAMINATION 1. Franju's animals: stains, traces, histories - Laura McMahon 2. The Pure Experience of Impurity: Georges Bataille, a Stain in the History of French Thought- Marie Chabbert 3. The Aporias of Matter: Bataille's Subjective Stain and/at the origin of Žižek's Materialism - Kevin Kennedy 4. Pristine Filth: Non-philosophy staining the stain - David Bremner 5. La représentation de l'abject chez Proust, Bataille et Quignard - Rodolphe Gauthier 6. Taches de La Peste : domination et insoumission chez Camus - Lina Patricia Villate Torres 7. Les taches du passé : du souvenir traumatique à la guérison de l'âme - Sara Jeffar
  • Conclusion.
Description
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Notes
  • Includes articles in both English and French.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Statement
Modern French Identities ; 129
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