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Duras, Writing, and the Ethical: Making the Broken Whole - Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs (Hardback)
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Duras, Writing, and the Ethical: Making the Broken Whole - Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs (Hardback)

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Hardback 340 Pages / Published: 12/10/2000
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This book offers a study of the whole of Duras's written oeuvre, covering journalism and lesser-known works as well as more famous texts. It brings out the constant presence of ethical questions in and around the experiences of passion and excess with which her work is always concerned, and subjects Duras's texts to an unprecedented level of close reading, carrying her beyond the terms of her usual reception. On the basis of this approach, and with reference to Duras's involvement with her intellectual and political contexts, the book demonstrates the detailed engagement of Duras's writing in the ethical and political issues of her day. Careful textual analysis shows the particular, fragile nature of this engagement, as well as the intricate textures of Duras's work; this leads to a striking new model of the relation between the literary text and the ethical life of its readers, which will be of importance not only to specialists in French Studies, but to all those interested in ethical criticism and modern literary studies.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198160137
Number of pages: 340
Weight: 512 g
Dimensions: 223 x 145 x 22 mm


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Crowley argues persuasively ... This is a complex critique of Duras' work that requires familiarity with her texts, but ultimately it rewards the reader's engagement. * Forum for Modern Language Studies *
One of the most significant and far-reaching examinations yet of Duras's fiction. This volume, which is completed by an extensive bibliography and index, will serve as a powerful and necessary corrective to any theoretically rigid or sanitized reading of Duras. * Modern Language Review *
Excellent study ... a bold and original introduction ... Throughout the study Crowley conveys beautifully the dizzying dilemmas posed by a Duras text, and provides an eloquent account of what it means for the 'stumbling reader' to experience its multiple challenge to easy recuperability. * Modern Language Review *

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