Michel Tournier's Metaphysical Fictions

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This study of the fictional themes and techniques of Michel Tournier reveals his profound radicalism as a social critic and novelist despite the seeming conventionality of his works. Guided by Tournier's essays and interviews, Petit examines his fiction in light of plot sources, philosophical and anthropological training, and his belief that fiction should change the world. Close study of Vendredi ou les limbes du Pacifique, Le Roi des aulnes, Les Météores, Gaspard, Melchior et Balthazar, and La Goutte d'or, as well as the short fiction in Le Coq de bruyère and Le Médianoche amoureux, shows Tournier's revolutionary conception of plot structuring as he develops key themes, whether religion, sensuality, or prejudice, in more than twenty years spent reconceiving the nature of fiction.
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Dolphijn, Rick
2012. Undercurrents and the Desert(ed): Negarestani, Tournier and Deleuze Map the Polytics of a ‘New Earth’. In Postcolonial Literatures and Deleuze,  pp. 199 ff. DOI logo
Engelberg, Edward
2001. Discourse With Oneself and The Solitude of Place: Robinson Crusoe. In Solitude and Its Ambiguities in Modernist Fiction,  pp. 49 ff. DOI logo
Gray II, Richard J.
2012. Beyond the Margins: Identity Fragmentation in Visual Representation in Michel Tournier’s La Goutte d’or. Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture :2  pp. 250 ff. DOI logo
Mengozzi, Chiara
2017. Les marges de l’homme en jeu aux limbes du Pacifique. Revue Romane. Langue et littérature. International Journal of Romance Languages and Literatures 52:2  pp. 260 ff. DOI logo
Petit, Susan
2001. Michel Tournier:Ecrivain Croyant?. Christianity & Literature 50:2  pp. 313 ff. DOI logo
Petit, Susan
2002. Michel Tournier, Christian Fiction, and Homosexuality: A Second Response to John M. Dunaway. Christianity & Literature 51:2  pp. 255 ff. DOI logo
Tumanov, Vladimir
1999. Black and White: Michel Tournier, Anatole France and Genesis*. Orbis Litterarum 54:4  pp. 301 ff. DOI logo
Ventura, David
2020. The Intensive Other: Deleuze and Levinas on the Ethical Status of the Other. The Southern Journal of Philosophy 58:2  pp. 327 ff. DOI logo

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