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Claude Simon and the Revolution: writing opacity and disaffiliation

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Disciplines
KeywordsTriple Keywords
Reality
Languages
Language and languages
Foreign languages
Revolutions
Insurrections
Revolts
Rebellions
Revolutionary wars
Context (Linguistics)
Grammar, Comparative and general--Context
Situation (Linguistics)
Retention (Psychology)
Memory
Literature--Style
Literary style
Style, Literary
Annals
History
Manners and customs
Usages
Folkways
Traditions
Social life and customs
Customs, Social
Ceremonies
Social customs
Sagas
Graphemic analysis
Graphemics
Novellas (Short novels)
Stories
Metafiction
Fiction
Novels
Fiction--Philosophy

Abstract

Claude Simon’s writing has often been associated with the limits, or even impossibility, of any return to historical reality through language. The novel Les Georgiiques (1981), drawn from archives legated by a Conventional ancest, does not set out any conclusions on the French Revolution. At most, such a text breaks the eppopée; the revolution — whatever the historical context — is ruin, it is no longer a project. However, the reason for the revolution is equally refocused with a tongue resonance, in a way poetic. The writer is faced with a threefold injunction: referential, genealogical, memorial. In this sense, it is not so much Claude Simon who is the heir of a revolution which he might have, but much more it — its consequences, its memory — inherits a writer through the Americas.

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