A Smoldering Fire

Romain Gary's Memoir


Author: Jane Bonnard

Publisher: Dorrance Publishing

ISBN: 1480978426

Category: Fiction

Page: 42

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A Smoldering Fire Romain Gary’s Memoir By: Jane Bonnard Is there a delightful viewpoint for our cherished memories? Our heart, by all means… It is not Romain Gary, who would have disagreed; his famous “La vie devant soi” ends with “Il faut aimer,” precious moral testament. In the pages of this book the author opens a tiny jewelry box, hidden so far in her chest; in the interior there is ‘her’ Romain, with whom she crossed paths in Sofia 1947, whose meaningful glance and sensibility have never ceased to stir up emotions in her and offer her tender support. Our existences encompass certain encounters, fortuitous or not, they color our lives differently, inviting us to enhance our part of humanity. That is what this modest work is all about.

Learning from Lying

Paradoxes of the Literary Mystification


Author: Julia Luisa Abramson

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 9780874139006

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 195

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Writers who mystify operate through paradox: their lies point toward truth, and their obfuscations reveal trickery. This conundrum is the foundation for Learning from Lying, which defines mystification as a literary form that seeks to enlighten by means of deception. Learning from Lying narrates a new literary history as seen through the lens of mystification. Beginning with an examination of mystification's elaboration during the century of Enlightenment, the book accounts for mystification's distinctiveness relative to other deceptive forms, particularly forgery, and provides a timely intervention in current debates about the study of fakes. Readings of works by Denis Diderot, Prosper Merimee, and Wolfgang Hildesheimer follow out the cosmopolitan roots of the genre in the Republic of Letters and show how it theorizes literature through practical experiment. For when textual imitation is revealed, it unveils the necessary collusion between reader and writer that allows literature to exist as such.

Oratio Obliqua, Oratio Recta

An Essay on Metarepresentation


Author: François Récanati

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262681162

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 360

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Among the entities that can be mentally or linguistically represented are mental and linguistic representations themselves. That is, we can think and talk about speech and thought. This phenomenon is known as metarepresentation. An example is "Authors believe that people read books." In this book François Recanati discusses the structure of metarepresentation from a variety of perspectives. According to him, metarepresentations have a dual structure: their content includes the content of the object-representation (people reading books) as well as the "meta" part (the authors' belief). Rejecting the view that the object representation is mentioned rather than used, Recanati claims that since metarepresentations carry the content of the object representation, they must be about whatever the object representation is about. Metarepresentations are fundamentally transparent because they work by simulating the representation they are about. Topics covered in this wide-ranging work include the analysis of belief reports and talk about fiction, world shifting, opacity and substitutivity, quotation, the relation between direct and indirect discourse, context shifting, semantic pretense, and deference in language and thought.


Literary Hoaxes and Cultural Authenticity


Author: Christopher L. Miller

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022659114X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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Writing a new page in the surprisingly long history of literary deceit, Impostors examines a series of literary hoaxes, deceptions that involved flagrant acts of cultural appropriation. This book looks at authors who posed as people they were not, in order to claim a different ethnic, class, or other identity. These writers were, in other words, literary usurpers and appropriators who trafficked in what Christopher L. Miller terms the “intercultural hoax.” In the United States, such hoaxes are familiar. Forrest Carter’s The Education of Little Tree and JT LeRoy’s Sarah are two infamous examples. Miller’s contribution is to study hoaxes beyond our borders, employing a comparative framework and bringing French and African identity hoaxes into dialogue with some of their better-known American counterparts. In France, multiculturalism is generally eschewed in favor of universalism, and there should thus be no identities (in the American sense) to steal. However, as Miller demonstrates, this too is a ruse: French universalism can only go so far and do so much. There is plenty of otherness to appropriate. This French and Francophone tradition of imposture has never received the study it deserves. Taking a novel approach to this understudied tradition, Impostors examines hoaxes in both countries, finding similar practices of deception and questions of harm.

Encyclopedia of French Film Directors


Author: Philippe Rège

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 081086939X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 1488

View: 2434

Cinema has been long associated with France, dating back to 1895, when Louis and Auguste Lumi_re screened their works, the first public viewing of films anywhere. Early silent pioneers Georges MZli_s, Alice Guy BlachZ and others followed in the footsteps of the Lumi_re brothers and the tradition of important filmmaking continued throughout the 20th century and beyond. In Encyclopedia of French Film Directors, Philippe Rège identifies every French director who has made at least one feature film since 1895. From undisputed masters to obscure one-timers, nearly 3,000 directors are cited here, including at least 200 filmmakers not mentioned in similar books published in France. Each director's entry contains a brief biographical summary, including dates and places of birth and death; information on the individual's education and professional training; and other pertinent details, such as real names (when the filmmaker uses a pseudonym). The entries also provide complete filmographies, including credits for feature films, shorts, documentaries, and television work. Some of the most important names in the history of film can be found in this encyclopedia, from masters of the Golden Age_Jean Renoir and RenZ Clair_to French New Wave artists such as Fran_ois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.

Knowledge, Language and Logic: Questions for Quine


Author: A. Orenstein,P. Kotatko

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780792359869

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 435

View: 7982

Quine is one of the twentieth century's most important and influential philosophers. The essays in this collection are by some of the leading figures in their fields and they touch on the most recent turnings in Quine's work. The book also features an essay by Quine himself, and his replies to each of the papers. Questions are raised concerning Quine's views on knowledge: observation, holism, truth, naturalized epistemology; about language: meaning, the indeterminacy of translation, conjecture; and about the philosophy of logic: ontology, singular terms, vagueness, identity, and intensional contexts. Given Quine's preeminent position, this book must be of interest to students of philosophy in general, Quine aficionados, and most particularly to those working in the areas of epistemology, ontology, philosophies of language, of logic, and of science.

TEXT Technology


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Publisher: N.A


Category: Text processing (Computer science)

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Romain Gary

The Man Who Sold His Shadow


Author: Ralph Schoolcraft

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812236460

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 214

View: 6979

In this book Ralph Schoolcraft explores the extraordinary career of the modern French author, film director, and diplomat—a romantic and tragic figure whose fictions extended well beyond his books. Born Roman Kacew, he overcame an impoverished boyhood to become a French Resistance hero and win the coveted Goncourt Prize under the pseudonym—and largely invented persona—Romain Gary. Although he published such acclaimed works as The Roots of Heaven and Promise at Dawn, the Gaullist traditions that he defended in the world of French letters fell from favor, and his critical fortunes suffered at the hands of a hostile press. Schoolcraft details Gary's frustrated struggle to evolve as a writer in the eye of a public that now considered him a known quantity. Identifying the daring strategies used by this mysterious character as he undertook an elaborate scheme to reach a new readership, Schoolcraft offers new insight into the dynamics of authorship and fame within the French literary institutions. In the early 1970s Gary made his departure from the conservative literary establishment, publishing works that boasted a quirky, elliptical style under a variety of pseudonymous personae, the most successful of which was that of an Algerian immigrant by the name of Emile Ajar. Moving behind the mask of his new creation, Gary was able to win critical and popular acclaim and a second Goncourt in 1975. But as Schoolcraft suggests, Gary may have "sold his shadow"—that is, lost his authorial persona—by marketing himself too effectively. Going so far as to recruit a cousin to stand in as the public face of this phantom author, Gary kept the secret of his true authorship until his violent death in 1980 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The press reacted with resentment over the scheme, and he was shunned into the ranks of literary oddities. Schoolcraft draws from archives of the several thousand documents related to Gary housed at the French publishing firms of Gallimard and Mercure de France, as well as the Butler Library at Columbia University. Exploring the depths of a story that has long remained shrouded in mystery, Romain Gary: The Man Who Sold His Shadow is as much a fascinating biographical sketch as it is a thought-provoking reflection on the assumptions made about identities in the public sphere.

Modern Jewish Writers of France


Author: Pierre L. Horn

Publisher: Edwin Mellen Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

View: 7956

Ch. 2 (p. 27-52), "Writers of the Holocaust", discusses the works of Elie Wiesel, Anna Langfus, and André Schwarz-Bart. Ch. 4 (p. 65-79), "Humor as Survival", discusses Claude Berri's semi-autobiographical novel "Le vieil homme et l'enfant" ("The Two of Us", 1967), on the life of a Jewish boy in Nazi-occupied France, as well as the works of Joseph Joffo and Jacques Lanzmann, which describe life in Vichy France. Suggests that, initially, the modern fiction written by Jews served to counter the effects of antisemitic violence by portraying sympathetic Jewish characters and demonstrating that Jewish themes and problems can be as interesting as those found in non-Jewish literature.

Simone Signoret

The Star as Cultural Sign


Author: Susan Hayward

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826413949

Category: Social Science

Page: 289

View: 2234

In what may be the most in-depth study yet published of a film star's body of work, Susan Hayward charts the career of Simone Signoret, one of the great Frech actresses of the 20th Century.Signoret- who won an Oscar in 1960 for her performance in Room at the Top- was a key figure in French cinema for 40 years. But it is not so much her longevity that impresses, as it is the quality of work she produced as her career progressed. She started out as a stunningly beautiful woman, winning major international awards five times for her roles, and yet was only moderately in demand during those years. From the 1960s onwards, when her looks began to decline significantly, Signoret was in greater demand, and produced most of her output. She insisted on playing roles consonant with her real age, and often chose to play roles that portrayed wher as even more ugly than she had become.Simore Signoret: The Star as Cultural Sign is a remarkable achievement, a labor of love from one of the world's leading scholars of French cinema.