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    Nathalie Sarraute's accent: the poetry of tropismes

    Kawakami, Akane (2004) Nathalie Sarraute's accent: the poetry of tropismes. French Studies 58 (4), pp. 499-512. ISSN 0016-1128.

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    This article explores the basis for Nathalie Sarraute's insistence that her work be classified as poetry rather than prose. The article shows that the roots of this preference can be found in her theoretical writings, which are put into practice in her creative works. Their ‘poetic’ quality is analysed using the tools of prosody, specifically on extracts from her collection of prose poems, Tropismes. This exercise throws up interesting theoretical resemblances between Sarraute and Proust: they share an extreme sensitivity to the aural aspect of written texts. The prosodic analysis also offers a new method of exploring the Sarrautean tropism, that is to say in terms of poetic accent: the nature of the tropism is reconsidered in the context of late nineteenth-century theories of speech rhythms, and compared with the notion of the ‘accent d'impulsion’.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2018 13:58
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:43


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