Hervé Guibert

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Hervé Guibert

Voices of the Self

Modern French Writers, 4

1999

March 1st, 1999

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This is the first full-length study to cover the complete texts of Hervé Guibert (1955–1991), offering a thorough documentation of his literary output. The book is guided by Guibert’s relation to the novel, a major line of enquiry throughout, as well as his experimentation with voices in particular. One of Boulé’s main contentions is that Guibert arrives at the creation of a new literary genre, the roman faux, with the publication of his best-known work To the Friend who did not save my life. The book ends by considering the works Guibert produced after he was diagnosed as HIV positive, within the parameter of the voices of the self.

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Jean Pierre Boule is Professor of Contemporary French Studies at Nottingham Trent University.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Table of Contents7
Acknowledgements8
List of Abbreviations10
Introduction11
1: Youthful Writings23
2: Photographic Writing51
3: Towards the Novel81
4: Image and Text111
5: The ‘Novel’133
6: ‘Autobiography’155
7: Towards the roman faux169
8: The roman faux201
9: Thanatographical Writing217
10: The fictitious, the fake or the delirious245
Conclusion275
Notes to Introduction281
Bibliography317
Index of Names323
Index of Names in Notes325