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A literary perspective on the notion of le hasard in twentieth century France

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Title: A literary perspective on the notion of le hasard in twentieth century France
Author(s): Robertson, Jean Ellen
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Gray, Stanley E.
Department / Program: Literature, RomancePhilosophyHistory, Modern
Discipline: Literature, RomancePhilosophyHistory, Modern
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): Literature, Romance Philosophy History, Modern
Abstract: Through an examination of works from Dada and Surrealism, of Malraux's La Condition humaine, of some examples of the New Novel, and of Tournier's Vendredi ou les limbes du Pacifique I observe the occurrence, over the course of the twentieth century, of a shift in attitude toward events which occur by chance (which I define as events which exceed human control). From a tentative and fearful attitude there is a demonstrable move toward a decidedly open and positive one. In addition to the literary texts examined, I demonstrate the importance of such events to the philosophies of Georges Bataille and Jean-Paul Sartre. This shift in attitude is emphasized through a contrastive study of Diderot's Jacques le fataliste et son mai tre, Zola's Therese Raquin and Huysmans' A Rebours. The study leads to discussion of the possible sources of this phenomenon as well as implications for the individual and for society.
Issue Date: 1995
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/23428
Rights Information: Copyright 1995 Robertson, Jean Ellen
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog: AAI9543706
OCLC Identifier: (UMI)AAI9543706
 

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