Contemporary Writers Reading Literatures of the Past

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edited by Anne-Laure Tissut and Léopold Reigner

Even before the development of a more international awareness of literature, partly thanks to extensive translation practices, writers have been finding inspiration not only from acknowledged literary traditions, but also in individual works from the past or contemporary times. Reading – writers’ initial link with literature – offers material for writing, while fashioning writers’ conceptions of literature, as well as their vision of their own work in relation to tradition.
This volume explores various forms of textual influence as manifested in the works of 20th and 21st centuries authors, to both trace continuities and assess said authors’ “singularity,” in Derek Attridge’s terms. The papers gathered in this volume analyse a large variety of forms of influence, be they visible in the chosen topics or objects, in style, manner, or language itself—turns of speech, recurring motifs, or rhythmic patterns. Quotation, unacknowledged borrowing, allusion, imitation, parody, travesty, are but a few examples of the presence—unconscious or not—of another text in a literary work.

Table of Contents

 

Anne-Laure Tissut et Léopold Reigner : Introduction

Dan Beachy-Quick : Overture : Epistemic Flow

Michael Federspiel : Aristote s’invite chez Nabokov : le ressort tragique dans Lolita

Léopold Reigner : Nabokov’s Flaubert : Influence, Deviation and Continuity

Elsa Court : Nabokov, Kerouac, Updike : Exploring the Failed American Road Trip

Pierre-Antoine Pellerin : Redressing Whitman : Jack Kerouac and the Postwar Anxiety of Queer Influence

Florian Beauvallet : The Singularity of Reading

Sophie Chapuis : Writing under Influence : Rick Moody’s Stereophonic Autobiographies

Anne-Julie Debare : A fellowship of imaginations : Sebald’s aesthetics of chiaroscuro in The Exquisite by Laird Hunt

Clint Wilson : Counter Misprisions ; Or, the Influence of Anxieties in Mat Johnson’s Pym


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