Experimentation and the Lyric in Contemporary French Poetry

  • Jeff Barda

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature book series (PMEL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. A Poetic Tool Box

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Jeff Barda
      Pages 37-68
    3. Jeff Barda
      Pages 69-92
  3. Language Outside Its Customary Furrows

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Jeff Barda
      Pages 95-167
  4. Mechanics of the Lyric

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Jeff Barda
      Pages 171-305
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 319-327

About this book


Experimentation and the Lyric in Contemporary French Poetry offers a new theoretical approach and historical perspective on the remarkable upsurge in creative poetic practices in France that have challenged traditional definitions of poetry and of the lyric. Focusing on the work of Pierre Alferi, Olivier Cadiot, Emmanuel Hocquard, Franck Leibovici, Anne Portugal and Denis Roche, this book provides an analysis of the most influential poets in French poetry of the last few decades. It contextualizes the theoretical models that inform their investigations, analyzing them alongside the history of the avant-garde and the heated theoretical debates that have taken place over whether to continue or bring an end to the lyric. Systematically addressing the various strategies employed by these poets and drawing on reception theory and cognitive studies, Jeff Barda argues that French radical poetics re-evaluates the lyric in cognitive terms beyond the personal. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in twenty-first-century forms of experimental writing and the connections between literature and the arts today.


lyric poetry French contemporary literature radical poetry innovative poetry post-lyric poetry

Authors and affiliations

  • Jeff Barda
    • 1
  1. 1.Murray Edwards CollegeUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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