The Holocaust in French Postmodern Fiction
Aesthetics, Politics, Ethics

Helena Duffy

Research Monographs in French Studies 64

Legenda

  2022

ISBN: 978-1-781888-18-6 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

ISBN: 978-1-781888-22-3 (paperback, forthcoming)

ISBN: 978-1-781888-26-1 (JSTOR ebook)

ContemporaryFrenchFiction


Helena Duffy is Collegium Researcher at the Turku Institute of Advanced Studies in Finland and coordinator of the international study circle ‘Narrative and Violence’.

Defined as ‘a non-fictional account of historical events that nevertheless deploys narrative strategies and techniques characteristic to fiction’, the infranovel seems to be a French response to ‘historiographic metafiction’. Considering that these strategies and techniques are postmodern, an infranovel that thematises the Holocaust may, however, appear to some as an oxymoronic or at least morally inappropriate construct. Inventing the Infranovel investigates how the postmodern tropes and narrative devices used by eight contemporary French authors serve to dramatize and memorialise the Shoah in the post-witness era. Additionally, a close and historically contextualised reading of narratives by Patrick Modiano, Pierre Assouline, Soazig Aaron, Jonathan Littell, Philippe Claudel, Yannick Haenel, Fabrice Humbert and Laurent Binet probes the ethical questions raised by the interplay of these novels’ aesthetics and thematics, and the political issues they tackle as part of their commitment to postmodern ethos.

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Duffy, Helena, The Holocaust in French Postmodern Fiction: Aesthetics, Politics, Ethics, Research Monographs in French Studies, 64 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2022)

First footnote reference: 35 Helena Duffy, The Holocaust in French Postmodern Fiction: Aesthetics, Politics, Ethics, Research Monographs in French Studies, 64 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2022), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Duffy, p. 47.

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Duffy, Helena. 2022. The Holocaust in French Postmodern Fiction: Aesthetics, Politics, Ethics, Research Monographs in French Studies, 64 (Cambridge: Legenda)

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