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Criticism and violence - Chevillard and Nisard


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Vukušić Zorica, Maja. (2016). Criticism and violence - Chevillard and Nisard. Književna smotra, 179(1). pp. 69-79. ISSN 0455-0463

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Taking its cue from the polemic between Éric Chevillard and Mariane Bury about Chevillard’s novel Demolish Nisard that the author will comment on in his book Authour and Me and extending it to the polemic between Nisard himself and the famous Sainte- Beuve, this case study shows that the specific relationship between Chevillard and Nisard raises the question of criticism and violence. Criticism as violence is here summarized into a witty, humorous, ironic and sardonic answer; a non-serious reading of literature and criticism; a joyful exercise of demolishment; a satire of academism of any sort. A “book about nothing” as a “book about everything”, as the author puts it, emphasizes that every reading is a kind of disfiguration, distortion, mutilation; nevertheless, the reader should have more faith in the powers of the negative by embracing, not any form of reconcilability, but a hostile reading (“lire en ennemi”).

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Romance languages and literatures > French language and literature
Departments: Department of Roman Languages and Literature
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2017 11:22
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2017 11:22

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