Thomas J.D. Armbrecht

At the Periphery of the Center

Sexuality and Literary Genre in the Works of Marguerite Yourcenar and Julien Green

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    Edité par Thomas J.D. Armbrecht
    Editeur Rodopi - Brill
    Distributeur Editions de Boccard

    At the Periphery of the Center is the first comparison of two of France’s most important twentieth-century authors, Julien Green and Marguerite Yourcenar. It examines textual elements in their plays and novels to draw conclusions about the ways that they represent homosexuality in their texts. Both Yourcenar and Green turned to drama to explore aspects of same-sex desire that they felt unable to express in their prose. The analysis of their plays shows that an emphasis on dialogue and action makes drama a particularly appropriate genre for writing about homosexuality because it affords an author distance and therefore protection from the “proclivities” of his characters. The chapters on the novel show, by contrast, how prose fiction allows an author to explain a character's sexuality with a degree of subtlety difficult to achieve in theatre. Variations in narration and paratext allow writers to avoid condemning discourses and to find an original means of expression instead. At the Periphery brings a new, textually centered approach to Green’s and Yourcenar’s works that is unlike the psychological analyses that often typify queer readings. It will be of great interest to scholars of twentieth-century French literature and of Gender Studies. The book will also appeal to non-academic readers, however, since it is about two French authors who were also American citizens and who wrote about US history and contemporary culture.

    Introduction Biographical Orientations Reading and Writing the Other Dialogue Narration Didascalia Paratext 1. Le théâtre: “Evolution intérieure” (Green) 2. “Vérités banales qui nous transforment” (Yourcenar) 3. “Caractères invisibles”/“Mots décisifs” (Green) 4. “La liberté sensuelle” (Yourcenar) Conclusion: “Se Dire:” Self-Realization through Writing Selected Bibliography

    Livre Broché
    Date de parution 2007-01-01
    Nbr Pages Arabes 139
    Collection Chiasma
    ISBN 13 978-90-420-2189-1
    Type Nom