The Novels of Philippe Sollers: Narrative and the Visual by Malcolm Charles Pollard

By Malcolm Charles Pollard

It is simple just to characteristic the excessive profile of Sollers, the varied autobiographical info in his novels, and in addition the espousal of such a lot of assorted perspectives and explanations, to egocentrism and opportunism. then again, you can still say that they're all major parts in an ongoing enquiry into the function of fiction in a society the place attitudes are usually considered made up our minds extra by means of pictures than through the written notice. Given Sollers's wondering of society's traditional photographs (as in Debord's concept of the 'spectacle'), his information of his personal function within the media, and his curiosity in constructing a discourse at the visible arts, how do such matters come jointly to create new sorts of fiction and a coherent aesthetics? those probably disparate questions are all actually on the topic of Sollers's wish to problem the authorized parameters of illustration by way of growing another scene within the novel, a subject matter which varieties the root of this ebook.

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The two passages are also similar in so far as the geometric or abstract form that seems to emerge in the text, is set in clear opposition to any notion of representation: 'Images mal imitées', 'l'absence de profondeur', and the 'sol très proche et entièrement autre' of the page confront 'ces pièges transparents', 'ces fausses sorties', 'ces issues en trompe-l'oeil', and 'ces plans mensongers'. This emergence of a geometrical counter-image through the two axes recalls the library dream at the beginning of the book.

It is both of and beyond the text. Silence thus forms a source of ambiguity in the text whereby each articulation can be seen both as construction and destruction, affirmation and negation. It also presents another example of how Sollers undermines opposites, because the repeated opening of his text through the incorporation of other references destroys its semblance of autonomy and allows an awareness of an internal silence to develop within discourse. Internal distancing, intertextuality and the theme of silence are all important elements in the narrative's discouragement of the formation of figurative representations of identity in the text.

De participer à des Congrès ou de rédiger des programmes! O ingratitude de la République! O Athéniens que faire pour mériter vos louanges! 64-5). Despite such an apparently fundamental change as this rejection of the politics and the group identity that had previously inspired Tel Quel, Sollers continued with a literary project that remained coherent. For this reason one is justified in seeing metadiscourses such as politics not as the essential force in Sollers's fiction, but as a transient form that he exploits to reflect and develop his greater continuity of purpose as a novelist: Donc, ces regroupements de collectivités, ponctuels et rapides, autour de Tel Quel - le structuralisme, le maoïsme - ne sont jamais que les symp- 13.

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