Alistair Rolls

Paris and the Fetish

Primal Crime Scenes

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    Auteur Alistair Rolls
    Editeur Rodopi - Brill
    Distributeur Association de Boccard

    Freud’s 1927 essay on the acquisition of a screen memory, or fetish, allows the subject to come to terms with the traumatic truth that, for him, dominates the present moment (in Freud’s scenario, the truth of mother’s sexuality) by maintaining, alongside and not in place of it, a parallel story of the past (the myth of the phallic mother). In this book Freud’s theory of the fetish, and in particular this way of allowing two opposed and ostensibly mutually exclusive narratives to co-exist, is used to provide a number of Parisian crime texts with radical new solutions. The fetishistic world-view of Charles Baudelaire’s poetics will be shown to provide the template for all overvalued instances of women passing by; notably, it will be seen how the famous assault on one of Christian Dior’s models as she displayed the New Look for the first time in Montmartre in 1947 depends on a fetish erected in the poem “À une passante”. The same Paris streets allow red herrings to be raised to the status of truth in novels by Fred Vargas, Léo Malet and Frédéric Cathala. In these texts the discovery of a primal scene allows doubt to be cast over authorial solutions and new murderers or victims to be found. In the case of Jean-Paul Sartre’s La Nausée, the fetishism at work is shown to have harboured a serial killer where no crime was previously considered to have taken place. In these analyses, fetishism is mapped onto prose poetics, intertextuality and deconstruction in order to challenge the way we read text. More importantly, rereading these texts allows us to see fetishism in a new light as a force for positive, creative acts of meaning-making.

    Contents Acknowledgements Introduction Paris, Capital of Fetishism: The Fashion of Looking (Again and Again) at the Woman Passing By Deciphering the Hieroglyphic in Frédéric Cathala’s L’Arbalète: La vraie vie commence Not Seeing (and Seeing) the Wolves for the Trees: Unrepresenting Hyperclarity in Fred Vargas’s L’Homme à l’envers Roquentin’s Primal Scene, Or What is and What is Not Seen in La Nausée Léo Malet’s Troubled Waters, Or How to Have Your Femme Fatale and Kill Her Bibliography Index

    Livre Broché
    Date de parution 2014-07-28
    Nbr Pages Arabes 182
    Collection Chiasma
    ISBN 13 978-90-420-3777-9
    Type Nom