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Flaubert, Beckett, NDiaye: the aesthetics, emotions and politics of failure

Flaubert, Beckett, NDiaye: the aesthetics, emotions and politics of failure
Flaubert, Beckett, NDiaye: the aesthetics, emotions and politics of failure
Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) and Marie NDiaye (1967-) form a fascinating ‘family’ of nineteenth-, twentieth- and twenty-first-century novelist-playwrights writing in French. Profoundly implicated in certain key social struggles of their times, Flaubert, Beckett and NDiaye can at the same time be considered as models of radical disengagement, apparently happy to isolate themselves from the world and its horrors in the tried and tested posture of the remote and cut-off artist. Failure hovers on the horizon of every one of their works, as protagonists and texts alike slide inexorably into unmanageable states of paradox, incompletion and disintegration. This ‘failure’ is at once aesthetic (the texts themselves fail to deliver the meaning the reader needs or expects), psychic (the characters fail to perform subjectivities that can be unified by a coherent or feeling self) and political (the artist and celebrity, having evoked a social situation that demands a clear response, fails to offer one). What is at stake in the work of Flaubert, Beckett and NDiaye, aesthetically, emotionally and politically, as it pushes the reader or spectator to the very limits of tolerable uncertainty? What are the cultural and psychosocial implications of their experiments in splitting and negativity, which seem to indulge the most cynical aspects of nihilism while at the same time grappling with the very foundations of politicized and psychic truth? And how do Flaubert, Beckett and NDiaye call out to one another across the gendered, racialized, economic, cultural and temporal spaces that separate, crack and isolate them? This book approaches the various ‘failures’ and 'fêlures' of Flaubert, Beckett and NDiaye along three principal axes of investigation: the aesthetic, the emotional and the political
Brill
Campmas, Aude
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Asibong, Andrew
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Campmas, Aude
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Asibong, Andrew
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Campmas, Aude and Asibong, Andrew (eds.) (2017) Flaubert, Beckett, NDiaye: the aesthetics, emotions and politics of failure, Leiden, NL, Brill

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Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) and Marie NDiaye (1967-) form a fascinating ‘family’ of nineteenth-, twentieth- and twenty-first-century novelist-playwrights writing in French. Profoundly implicated in certain key social struggles of their times, Flaubert, Beckett and NDiaye can at the same time be considered as models of radical disengagement, apparently happy to isolate themselves from the world and its horrors in the tried and tested posture of the remote and cut-off artist. Failure hovers on the horizon of every one of their works, as protagonists and texts alike slide inexorably into unmanageable states of paradox, incompletion and disintegration. This ‘failure’ is at once aesthetic (the texts themselves fail to deliver the meaning the reader needs or expects), psychic (the characters fail to perform subjectivities that can be unified by a coherent or feeling self) and political (the artist and celebrity, having evoked a social situation that demands a clear response, fails to offer one). What is at stake in the work of Flaubert, Beckett and NDiaye, aesthetically, emotionally and politically, as it pushes the reader or spectator to the very limits of tolerable uncertainty? What are the cultural and psychosocial implications of their experiments in splitting and negativity, which seem to indulge the most cynical aspects of nihilism while at the same time grappling with the very foundations of politicized and psychic truth? And how do Flaubert, Beckett and NDiaye call out to one another across the gendered, racialized, economic, cultural and temporal spaces that separate, crack and isolate them? This book approaches the various ‘failures’ and 'fêlures' of Flaubert, Beckett and NDiaye along three principal axes of investigation: the aesthetic, the emotional and the political

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Published date: 2017
Organisations: Modern Languages and Linguistics

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Local EPrints ID: 386707
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/386707
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Date deposited: 11 Feb 2016 12:46
Last modified: 17 Aug 2017 16:34

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Editor: Aude Campmas
Editor: Andrew Asibong

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