Labours of Attention
Work, Class and Society in French and Francophone Literature and Culture
Essays for Edward J. Hughes

Adam Watt

Legenda (General Series)

Legenda

13 September 2022  •  304pp

ISBN: 978-1-839540-55-4 (hardback)  •  RRP £85, $115, €99

ISBN: 978-1-839540-56-1 (paperback, forthcoming)

ISBN: 978-1-839540-57-8 (JSTOR ebook)

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Focussing on the experience of work, community and the functioning of class society; on relations between France and Algeria and France’s wider colonial project; and on creative labour as both artisanal and artistic, contributors to Labours of Attention follow paths opened up by the scholarship of Edward J. Hughes. Via critical engagements with the works of Albert Camus and Marcel Proust, as well as with a wider constellation of writers (including Pierre Michon, Jean Genet, Simone de Beauvoir, Blaise Cendrars), artists (including Vincent Van Gogh, Fernand Léger and Paul Cézanne) and film-makers (including Alain Resnais, Yacine Balah and Paolo Sorrentino) this collection of essays explores how these themes and critical preoccupations are captured, problematized and negotiated by twentieth-century literary writing and cultural production in French.

Adam Watt is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Exeter.

Contents:

1

Introduction
Adam Watt

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Albert Camus and the Place of the Literary
David R. Ellison

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3

Camus’s Travel Writing, or the Road to Pamina
Peter Dunwoodie

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4

Camus, La Peste et le coronavirus: ‘une histoire collective’
Jeanyves Guérin

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5

Oran’s Endogenous Evil: A Rereading of Albert Camus’s La Peste
Ieme van der Poel

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6

Ces hommes qu’on raie de l’humanité: Transcolonial Connections in the French Penal Colony
Charles Forsdick

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7

Empire, Memory and Language in Pierre Michon’s ‘Vie d’André Dufourneau’
Patrick Crowley

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8

Resnais’s Kaleidoscope
Anna Magdalena Elsner

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9

Feeling the French-Algerian War: Male Vulnerability, Shame and the Wounds of Brotherhood in Yacine Balah’s Frères ennemis (2013)
James Williams

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10

‘Tu renonces à toi pour devenir tout le monde’: Visions of Labour and Society in Blaise Cendrars and Fernand Léger
Eric Robertson

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‘Le naufrage de l’homme profane’: Genet and the Anecdotal
Richard Mason

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12

Late-life Care and the Labours of Attention in Contemporary Women’s Writing
Shirley Jordan

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13

Proustian Afterlives: Paolo Sorrentino’s La grande bellezza (2013)
Marion Schmid

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14

Along the rue Jean de La Fontaine: The Fables in A la recherche du temps perdu
Michael Moriarty

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15

Proust’s Prosopopoeias
John O'Brien

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16

Proust’s House of Fiction
Patrick O’Donovan

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17

Des ‘parasites précieux’: impureté et antinationalisme dans le roman proustien
Marisa Verna

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18

Proust, an Inevitable engagé?
Cynthia Gamble

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19

Community in Solitude: Inter-art Epistolarity through Late-modern Critical Thought
Susan Harrow

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20

‘Les noms magiques’: Names, Places and Persian-ness in Noailles, Bibesco and Proust
Julia Caterina Hartley

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21

L’Érotique d’A la recherche du temps perdu
Jacques Dubois

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22

Echoes of Sodom in Gomorrah: The Chastisement of Albertine in Proust’s La Prisonnière
Margaret E. Gray

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23

Edward Hughes and the Quality of Awareness
Alison Finch

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24

Edward J. Hughes: Select Bibliography
Adam Watt

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Watt, Adam, Labours of Attention: Work, Class and Society in French and Francophone Literature and Culture (Legenda, 2022)

First footnote reference: 35 Labours of Attention: Work, Class and Society in French and Francophone Literature and Culture, adam Watt (Legenda, 2022), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Watt, p. 47.

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