Michel Tournier and the Metaphor of Fiction

BookMichel Tournier and the Metaphor of Fiction

Michel Tournier and the Metaphor of Fiction

Modern French Writers, 3

1999

March 1st, 1999

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Michel Tournier is a writer who explores complex philosophical questions in the guise of concrete, imagistic narratives. This comprehensive study privileges the notion of literary reference, by which the world of text is understood or experienced in metaphorical relation to the world outside of it. Metaphor, in the context of Tournier’s fiction, shows how the fantastic merges with the real to provide new perspectives on many diverse aspects of the modern world: the Crusoe myth, Nazism, the value to society of art and religion, and the nature of education. This book elucidates an aesthetic of Tournier’s fiction that encompasses the writer’s stated ambition to ‘go beyond literature’.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Contents5
Acknowledgements6
List of Abbreviations7
Preface9
1: Perspectives on Metaphor and Literary Fiction13
2: Suspended Animation: Vendredi ou Les limbes du Pacifique53
3: The Drive for Reference95
4: The Kingdom of the Narrator143
5: The Empire of the Child173
Conclusion223
Notes to Preface227
Bibliography249
Index257