Just Words: Moralism and Metalanguage in Twentieth-Century French Fiction

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Are the words that a novelist uses adequate to his or her elusive subject--the human condition? Are they pertinent, accurate, invariably fair, unflinchingly honest? Or do the novelist's words execute essentially formal maneuvers, engaging our interest through their patterns rather than their reach? And what about a possible third, synthesizing option? Robert W. Greene discovers that the two apparently divergent intentions in question (metalinguistic vs. moralistic) often paradoxically coexist in French fiction. Also, no ...

Just Words: Moralism and Metalanguage in Twentieth-Century French Fiction 2006, Penn State University Press, University Park, PA

ISBN-13: 9780271026381

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