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- DescriptionThis comparative study examines the prose writings of the best-kwn cosmopolitan authors of the Third French Republic: the modernists Jean Giraudoux, Valery Larbaud and Paul Morand, and the best-selling popular writer Maurice Dekobra. It investigates what constituted the cosmopolitanism that they publicly proclaimed between the World Wars, a classification which has been widely accepted by commentators ever since. In particular, it considers whether conventional definitions of cosmopolitanism as an unproblematic attitude of xephilia coupled with wanderlust, or as an ecumenical humanism can co-exist with the blind spots and prejudices of its practitioners. This book offers a comprehensive reinterpretation of the writers identity politics based on their approach to Otherness (gender, race, nationality, political affiliation) as well as to formal invation. It argues that cosmopolitanism is the organizing principle for their literary and existential attempts at cultivating authentic Selfhood. Through its socio-political embeddedness, this cosmopolitanism reveals the ideological and cultural preoccupations of the day.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Tom Genrich was educated in Essen, Oslo and at the Universities of Angers and London, before obtaining his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.
- Author(s)Tom Genrich
- PublisherVerlag Peter Lang
- Date of Publication01/05/2005
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleModern French Identities
- Series Part/Volume Number27
- Place of PublicationPieterlen
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- ImprintVerlag Peter Lang
- Weight430 g
- Width150 mm
- Height220 mm
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