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    A self-conscious art: Patrick Modiano's postmodern fictions

    Kawakami, Akane (2000) A self-conscious art: Patrick Modiano's postmodern fictions. Liverpool, UK: Liverpool University Press. ISBN 9780853235262.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: A Self-Conscious Art is the first full-length study in English to attempt to deal with the formal complexities of Modiano's work, by reading `against the grain' of his self-professed ingenuousness. A detailed examination of his narratives shows the deeply postmodern nature of his writing. Parodying precursors such as Proust or the nouveau romanciers, his narratives are built around a profound lack of faith in the ability of writing to retrieve the past through memory, and this failure is acknowledged in the discreet playfulness that characterises his novels. This book is a timely introduction to the work of one of the most successful modern French novelists.

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    Item Type: Book
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > Cultures and Languages
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2018 11:15
    Last Modified: 27 Feb 2018 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/21395

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