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In a world of increasing conformity, the modern eccentric can be seen as a contemporary hero and guardian of individualism. This study defines the modern eccentric intwentieth-century French literature and compares the notions of the eccentric in nineteenthand twentieth-century French literature by tracing the eccentric's relationship to time, space, and society. While previous studies have focused on the notion of eccentricity in purely formal terms, The Sunday of Fiction delineates the eccentric as a fully fictional character. This work also completes prior criticism by exploring twentieth-century fictional eccentrics in works by authors such as Raymond Queneau, Jean-Echenoz, Jean-Philippe Toussaint, and Georges Perec, and by filmmakers such as Jacques Tati and Pierre Etaix.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Eccentrics
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: A la recherche de l’excentrique perdu
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Chapter One. Nineteenth-Century Eccentric Prototypes
  2. pp. 11-42
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  1. Chapter Two. The Clinamen: The Discreet Eccentric
  2. pp. 43-114
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  1. Chapter Three. The Eccentric’s Universe
  2. pp. 115-161
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  1. Conclusion: L’excentrique retrouvé
  2. pp. 162-167
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 169-171
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 173-183
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 185-196
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781612490830
Print ISBN
9781557532510
MARC Record
OCLC
605706655
Pages
200
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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