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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, Romance
History, Modern
Discipline:Literature, Romance
History, Modern
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Literature, Romance
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
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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