Quebec Studies

Le Délire de L'Écriture Et La Mauvaise Foi De Gérald Tougas

Quebec Studies (1993), 17, (1), 169–176.

Abstract

If La Mauvaise foi answers to a certain postmodern esthetic, characterized by a plurality of narrative voices, ironic distancing, fragmentation, doubt, and resistance to closure, it is the preoccupation with literature (writing, reading, misreading and intertextuality) that offers a precious key to the meanings in this text. Just as Sartre's novel provides a basso continuo for Tougas's novel, Dante's voyage through hell, narrated in the Commedia, weaves itself into the crucial episodes of La Mauvaise foi at all levels. In the same way that literature acts as a procurer in the seduction of Paolo and Francesca in Canto V of the Inferno, so does the misreading of a Frost poem lead to the passionate frenzy of Eric and Irène. Seduction is found not only in the multiple mirrors of the mise en abyme, but also in the narcissistic mirror of the lovers' eyes. The being and nothingness of their passion is reflected in that of writing, whose techniques of repetition and intertextuality seem to be the only way of creating the illusion of substance.

Access Token
£25.00

Burke, Kenneth. The Rhetoric of Religion. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1970. The Rhetoric of Religion Google Scholar

Dällenbach, Lucien. Le Récit spéculaire: essai sur la mise en abyme. Paris: Seuil, 1977. Le Récit spéculaire: essai sur la mise en abyme Google Scholar

Krieger, Murray. Ekphrasis: The Illusion of the Natural Sign. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992. Ekphrasis: The Illusion of the Natural Sign Google Scholar

Paterson, Janet. Moments postmodernes dans le roman québécois. Ottawa: Les Presses de l'Université d'Ottawa, 1990. Moments postmodernes dans le roman québécois Google Scholar

"Le Roman ‘postmoderne’: Mise au point et perspectives." Canadian Review of Comparative Littérature/Revue canadienne de littérature comparée, 13 (1986): 238-254. Google Scholar

Risset, Jacqueline. Dante. La Divine comédie: L'Enfer. Paris: Flammarion, 1992. Dante. La Divine comédie: L'Enfer Google Scholar

Roques, Mario, publié par. Les Romans de Chrétien de Troyes. III Le Chevalier de la charrette. Paris: Honoré Champion, 1968. Les Romans de Chrétien de Troyes. III Le Chevalier de la charrette Google Scholar

Royer, Jean. "La mauvaise foi de toute foi." Le Devoir, samedi 2 février 1991, Dl. Google Scholar

Tougas, Gérald. La Mauvaise foi. Montréal: Québec/Amérique, 1990. La Mauvaise foi Google Scholar

Troyes, Chrétien de. Le Chevalier de la charrette (Lancelot). Roman traduit de l'ancien français par Jean Frappier. Paris: Honoré Champion, 1970. Le Chevalier de la charrette (Lancelot). Roman traduit de l'ancien français par Jean Frappier Google Scholar

If you have private access to this content, please log in with your username and password here

Details

Author details

Mésavage, Ruth