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Published: 01 May 2021

240 Pages

9 x 6 inches

ISBN: 9781800348424

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Egalitarian Strangeness

On Class Disturbance and Levelling in Modern and Contemporary French Narrative

Edward J. Hughes

Liverpool University Press

Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures LUP

  • Draws on Jacques Rancière's theory of radical equality to inform a series of close readings of modern and contemporary French narratives
  • Offers a striking line-up of canonical writers old and new (Ndiaye, Proust, Claude Simon, Michon, Bon, Eribon), the now less fashionable figures of Péguy and Simone Weil, and the contemporary, non-canonical authors Thierry Beinstingel and Laurent Nunez
  • Tracks the persistence in works ranging from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day of what Rancière terms 'the passion for the inegalitarian' and considers how social and textual narrative can confirm and counter this
  • Addresses how literature explores the separation in modern culture between manual and intellectual labour and the social hierarchies constructed around this
  • Provides a dedicated chapter on Louis Gabriel Gauny, the nineteenth-century Parisian worker-intellectual whose archive Rancière brought to prominence