The presence of “lettered” memory and the literary history of the present in the “cabinets des lettrés” of contemporary French literature

01 October 2010 → 30 September 2014
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Language studies
    • Literary studies
critical fiction literary memory erudition
Project description

Academic approaches of the narrative prose of contemporary French authors such as Quignard, Macé, Michon, Bergounioux and Puech usually stress the erudition of these writers, highlighting their continued interaction with the (French) literary tradition and the critical-theoretical canon. Via textual as well as contextual analysis, this research aims to determine to what extent the writers themselves consent and/or conform to this particular perception of their literary project.