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Fictions déjouées

Le récit en trompe-l’œil au XVIIIe siècle

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This book offers a twofold reflection on the poetics of the novel in the eighteenth century, both as it was practiced then, and as we can rethink it today, particularly in view of the many claims of authenticity that can be found in the fictions of the time.
Drawing on texts by Courtilz de Sandras, Lesage, Prévost, Marivaux and Diderot, this study shows that, contrary to what critics have long claimed, these novelists did not intend to exploit the credulity of the reading public. The opening disclaimer « this is not a novel » paradoxically alerts readers to the fact that they are dealing with fiction. The present book explores how fiction asserts itself by denying itself, and also examines the paradoxical stance of authors who employ a wide range of literary devices and topoi designed to « sound true », while simultaneously going to great pains to « sound false ». As a result, the readers find themselves constantly oscillating between two positions: being drawn into the fiction, and being driven away from it. Each of the texts studied here appears as a playful space that invites active participation from the readers, thereby laying the ground for literary modernity.

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Title Fictions déjouées
Subtitle Le récit en trompe-l’œil au XVIIIe siècle
Edition First Edition
Volume 80
By (author) Zeina HAKIM
ISSN 1660-5829
Issue 22
Language Français
Title First Published 04/1/2012
 
Format Paperback/softback
ISBN-13 978-2-600-01580-6
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9782600015806
Reference no. 22-80
Publication Date 04/1/2012
Nb of pages 320
Illustrations 1 illustration
Illustrations, black and white
Weight 630 gr
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