The French Art Novel 1900-1930

Katherine Shingler

Research Monographs in French Studies 43

Legenda

19 December 2016  •  166pp

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The French art novel, with its tales of artists, models and creative struggles, is often thought to be a specifically nineteenth-century phenomenon, which dies out by 1900. This wide-ranging, interdisciplinary study argues that the art novel does not in fact disappear but rather undergoes a series of transformations in the early twentieth century, in step with radical changes in the visual arts of the period. Examining both well-known and all-but-forgotten novels, Shingler examines the ways in which they move on from their nineteenth-century predecessors, as the development of avant-garde movements makes questions of aesthetic value and authenticity ever more pressing; as changing gender roles increasingly put pressure on writers to acknowledge female creativity; and as the emergent art of the cinema comes to compete with painting as the primary visual reference point for writers.

Katherine Shingler is Assistant Professor in French and Francophone Studies at the University of Nottingham.

Reviews:

  • ‘An extremely informative and enjoyable study, which takes the reader on a rich and detailed tour of the early twentieth-century French artist’s world, “far beyond the form and concerns of the genre’s nineteenth-century foundational texts”. Clear, compelling, lucid, well researched, and beautifully written, Shingler’s book is an important and welcome sequel to scholarship written on the romantic art novel.’ — Dominique Jullien, H-France 18, May 2018, No. 111
  • ‘Shingler uncovers an approach to twentieth-century novels that bears pursuing further. Shingler investigates gender issues thoroughly and with great clarity, but she also locates other anxieties in the work of these writers.’ — Alexander Dickow, French Studies 72.2, April 2018, 305–306 (full text online)
  • ‘Il genere letterario dell’art novel viene de nito da Katherine Shingler come un genere in cui la nzione è strettamente connessa all’arte, nel senso che il focus della narrazione è rivolto a problematiche legate alle arti visive e i personaggi, perlopiù nel ruolo di protagonisti, sono degli artisti.’ — Michela Gardini, Studi francesi 185, 2018, 356-57
  • ‘A well-documented volume offering in-depth analyses of a well-chosen corpus, which comprises the expected classics as well as less familiar novels. The book will be useful and illuminating for readers of art novels and for literature and art students and scholars alike.’ — Emilie Sitzia, Modern Language Review 113.4, October 2018, 879-80 (full text online)

Contents:

i-vi
The French Art Novel 1900-1930: The French Art Novel 1900-1930
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vii-viii
Table of Contents
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ix-ix
Acknowledgements
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Abbreviations
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xi-xii
List of Illustrations
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Introduction: Art, Authenticity, and the Novel
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15-42
Chapter 1 Art and Connoisseurship in Bourget and Proust
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43-70
Chapter 2 Portraits of the Artist in Mauclair and Georges-Michel
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71-108
Chapter 3 Art, Writing, and Modernity in Apollinaire and Cendrars
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109-136
Chapter 4 Surrealism and Visual Culture
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137-140
Conclusion: Fiction and Criticism
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141-150
Bibliography
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151-154
Index
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Bibliography entry:

Shingler, Katherine, The French Art Novel 1900-1930, Research Monographs in French Studies, 43 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2016)

First footnote reference: 35 Katherine Shingler, The French Art Novel 1900-1930, Research Monographs in French Studies, 43 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2016), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Shingler, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Shingler, Katherine. 2016. The French Art Novel 1900-1930, Research Monographs in French Studies, 43 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Shingler 2016: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Shingler 2016: 21.

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