Abstract

Abstract:

Contemporary French writers often blur the distinction between fiction and nonfiction through recourse to false documents or feigned documentary discourse. Three distinct uses of invented documents are considered here: the convergence of documentary recording and fictional reconstruction (Bon’s Daewoo); the integration of fictional documents into a documentary-fictional configuration (Message’s Cora dans la spirale); and a non-realist approach that converts the documentary gesture itself into a critical allegorization of the present (Taillandier’s Les états et empires du Lotissement Grand Siècle). The pseudo-document offers a means of investigating and negotiating the possibilities of fiction in an age when the latter has become increasingly fragile, threatened by the overwhelming desire for the real.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1931-0234
Print ISSN
0014-0767
Pages
pp. 10-23
Launched on MUSE
2021-07-28
Open Access
No
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