‘Noa Noa’ by Paul Gauguin and Charles Morice
With ‘Manuscrit tiré du “Livre des métiers” de Vehbi-Zumbul Zadi’ by Paul Gauguin

Edited by Claire Moran

Critical Texts 50

Modern Humanities Research Association

21 August 2017  •  106pp

ISBN: 978-1-781881-54-5 (paperback)  •  RRP £10.99, $17.50, €13.99

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Noa Noa is one of the best examples of a nineteenth-century artist’s book. Part- travelogue, part-autobiography and rich in imagery, it sealed Gauguin’s reputation as a painter of the tropics. This edition brings the original co-authored text of Noa Noa to the public, allowing a new interpretation of Gauguin to emerge. Written together with the poet Charles Morice, it sets up a dichotomy between the ‘savage painter’ and the ‘civilised poet’, one which reveals the painter’s careful orchestration of his persona and manipulation of its reception. Claire Moran’s introduction situates the text within Gauguin’s aesthetic, detailing its complex history and signalling its themes. Noa Noa is followed by a first print edition of the Manuscrit tiré du Livre des métiers de Vehbi-Zumbul Zadi, an artistic treatise, penned by Gauguin. Through both texts, Gauguin emerges as an extraordinary teller of tales, a painter for whom the truth was never black and white.

Claire Moran is Lecturer in French Studies at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Reviews:

  • ‘Moran has given us not only a fine new edition of Noa Noa, but also a forceful reminder of the generic complexities that underpin artists' writings.’ — Richard Hobbs, French Studies 72.3, July 2018, 450-51 (full text online)
  • ‘Moran’s introductory essay is itself a noteworthy piece of contemporary scholarship on Gauguin... her very thorough and carefully edited new version of Noa Noa add to our understanding of Gauguin as a writer, in particular, the way he used writing as a mode of self-representation, not merely as a backdrop for his visual art... This affordable text will be useful for scholars of fin de siècle French art and literature as well as students of French language, art history, and aesthetic theory, and will likely lead to new scholarship on Gauguin... I would invite others going forward to consult Moran’s edition of Noa Noa as the definitive text for any study of Gauguin.’ — Heather Waldroup, H-France 18.213, October 2018

Contents:

[vi]-[viii]
Acknowledgments
Claire Moran
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1-18
Introduction
Claire Moran
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23-32
Noa Noa: Chapitre Premier Songeries
Claire Moran
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33-41
Chapitre II Le Conteur Parle
Claire Moran
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42-45
Chapitre III Vivo
Claire Moran
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46-52
Chapitre IV Le Conteur Parle
Claire Moran
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53-55
Chapitre V (Projeté) Deuxième Partie: Pape Moe
Claire Moran
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56-63
Chapitre VI Le Conteur Parle
Claire Moran
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64-67
Chapitre VII Parahi Te Marae
Claire Moran
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68-82
Chapitre VIII Le Conteur Parle
Claire Moran
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83-83
Chapitre IX Nave Nave Fenua
Claire Moran
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84-88
Chapitre X Le Conteur Parle
Claire Moran
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89-89
Chapitre XI Le Conteur Achève Son Récit
Claire Moran
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90-90
Table
Claire Moran
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91-93
Manuscrit Tiré Du Livre Des Métiers De Vehbi-Zumbul Zadi
Claire Moran
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94-96
Selected Bibliography
Claire Moran
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Bibliography entry:

Moran, Claire (ed.), ‘Noa Noa’ by Paul Gauguin and Charles Morice: With ‘Manuscrit tiré du “Livre des métiers” de Vehbi-Zumbul Zadi’ by Paul Gauguin, Critical Texts, 50 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2017)

First footnote reference: 35 ‘Noa Noa’ by Paul Gauguin and Charles Morice: With ‘Manuscrit tiré du “Livre des métiers” de Vehbi-Zumbul Zadi’ by Paul Gauguin, ed. by Claire Moran, Critical Texts, 50 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2017), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Moran, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Moran, Claire (ed.). 2017. ‘Noa Noa’ by Paul Gauguin and Charles Morice: With ‘Manuscrit tiré du “Livre des métiers” de Vehbi-Zumbul Zadi’ by Paul Gauguin, Critical Texts, 50 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Moran 2017: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Moran 2017: 21.

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