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The shipwrecking of literature: All at sea with Olivier Cadiot

Citation: Glynn, Dominic (2017) The shipwrecking of literature: All at sea with Olivier Cadiot. Journal of Romance Studies, 17 (1). pp. 37-51. ISSN 1752-2331


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It has become something of a cliché to say that avant-garde literature died in France in the early 1980s. Yet, while it is evident that the beginning of the decade marked a turn in literary history, it is also clear that experimental writing practices have emerged since then, and that any assertion of the death of (post)modernism must therefore be relativized. is article considers the work of one writer, Olivier Cadiot, who entered the literary scene with fracas in 1988 with the publication of L’Art poétic’. Over a period of roughly thirty years, Cadiot has questioned what it means to read and write literature through producing a body of imaginative and theoretically dense cross-genre works. In so doing, he has asserted the creative and intellectual vibrancy of contemporary literary practices in the face of discourse which identi es French literature as being in a state of decline.

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Creators: Glynn, Dominic ( and
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Subjects: Culture, Language & Literature
Keywords: castaway narrative, French literature, intertextuality, literary history, Olivier Cadiot, postmodernity
Divisions: Institute of Modern Languages Research
  • 1 January 2017 (accepted)
  • 1 April 2017 (published)


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