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Type: Journal article
Title: Narrative destiny in self-writing: Michel Leiris' La 'Regle du Jeu'
Author: Poiana, P.
Citation: Forum for Modern Language Studies, 2007; 43(3):261-276
Publisher: Oxford Univ Press
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 0015-8518
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Peter Poiana
Abstract: The publication of the Michel Leiris' La Règle du jeu for the first time in a single volume in Gallimard's Pléïade collection poses the generic question concerning the relationship of self-writing with its desired but absent end. This article examines the narrative organisation of the work in an attempt to understand how its end is figured at successive stages. It pays particular attention to the narrative disjunctions at the centre of self-writing, to the principle of chance that gains in importance as the work unfolds, and finally attempts to offer an explanation for Leiris' unexpected return, in the final volume, to the surrealist notion of le merveilleux.
Keywords: Leiris, Michel; narrative; self-writing; autobiography; le merveilleux; myth; chance; destiny; death
Description: Copyright © The Author (2007). Published by Oxford University Press for the Court of the University of St Andrews. All rights reserved
Provenance: Forum for Modern Language Studies Advance Access originally published online on June 13, 2007
RMID: 0020073459
DOI: 10.1093/fmls/cqm051
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