Max Jacob and the Poetics of Play

Anna J. Davies

MHRA Texts and Dissertations 80

Maney Publishing for the Modern Humanities Research Association

25 March 2011  •  258pp

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Max Jacob, central figure of early 20th-century Parisian bohemia along with Picasso and Apollinaire, was active at the emergence of Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Dada and Surrealism. But in spite of his close connections with modernism - epitomized by his seminal book of prose poems Le Cornet à dés (1916) - Jacob remains a marginal figure. His Breton-Jewish ‘otherness’, conversion to Catholicism, and death under the Nazis in 1944 adds to the enigma and shifts the critical focus further still. But Jacob’s poetic playfulness - his many-faceted irony, wordplay, narrative heterogeneity, tragi-comedy, self-reflexivity and polyphony - may begin to offer insights into his esprit créateur, which, true to the (post)modernist vision, is not to be found in the usual ways. For the aim of Max Jacob, connoisseur of traditional storytelling as well as spearhead of the literary vanguard, is to jolt the unconscious, the energetic kernel of creativity.

Anna J. Davies is Tutor in French at Swansea University.

Contents:

i-iv
Front Matter
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v-vi
Table of Contents
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vii-vii
Acknowledgements
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viii-viii
List of Illustrations
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ix-x
Abbreviations
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Introduction
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17-40
Chapter 1 Max Jacob’s Poetics and the Playful
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42-73
Chapter 2 Wordplay in Le Cornet À Dés
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75-104
Chapter 3 Pastiche in Le Cornet À Dés
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106-146
Chapter 4 Ironic Stances in Le Roi De Béotie
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148-185
Chapter 5 the Polyphonic Play of Narrative: Nuits D’hôpital Et L’aurore
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187-231
Chapter 6 Le Terrain Bouchaballe
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233-241
Conclusion
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242-248
Bibliography
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249-260
INDEX
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Bibliography entry:

Davies, Anna J., Max Jacob and the Poetics of Play, MHRA Texts and Dissertations, 80 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2011)

First footnote reference: 35 Anna J. Davies, Max Jacob and the Poetics of Play, MHRA Texts and Dissertations, 80 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2011), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Davies, p. 47.

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Davies, Anna J.. 2011. Max Jacob and the Poetics of Play, MHRA Texts and Dissertations, 80 (Cambridge: MHRA)

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Example footnote reference: 35 Davies 2011: 21.

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