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Constructing Meaning in the Spanish and French New Novel: Juan Benet and Alain Robbe-Grillet
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Constructing Meaning in the Spanish and French New Novel: Juan Benet and Alain Robbe-Grillet (Hardback)

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This work analyzes the novelistic world of Juan Benet and Alain Robbe-Grillet, acclaimed founders of the Spanish Nueva Novela and the French Nouveau Roman. It analyzes the authors' most influential novels: "Les gommes" (1953), "Le voyeur" (1955), "La jalousie" (1957), "Volveras a Region" (1967), "Una meditacion" (1969) and "Un viaje de invierno" (1972), challenging the view that these novels are superfluous, experimental and not having any direct relationship to reality. These narratives force readers to reflect on how language (de)constructs reality. Robbe-Grillet and Benet show us that reality is a construct made of language which fails to transcribe the reality. Robbe-Grillet and Benet are truly anti-realist writers, yet their narratives are meaningful. Robbe-Grillet's characters embrace a type of 'shifting reality'. Language has the capacity to reconstruct and modify any particular reality. Reality is an artificial being subject to alteration and so, reality is what we create. Benet portrays language as a medium for investigation and his narrators use it as a device to seek the essence (the truth) about their own surrounding reality in post Civil War Spain.

But language - the only means to investigate they possess - proves to be insufficient. In this context, Benet's characters appear frustrated and unfulfilled. They exude a strong sensation of despair and doom, a feeling of 'no-way-out' which differentiates them from Robbe-Grillet's.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writersEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: from c 1900 - Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd Publication Date: 01/06/2009 ISBN-13: 9780773446700  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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