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Introduction: ‘It was war between the literalist and the lyric poets. Starwars. The grammatical-communist Robots against the real Humans’

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

Abstract

This chapter situates the study within the context of historiographical debates over the status of the lyric in French poetics. In the last four decades, the question of whether lyrical discourse has a future or whether it faces extinction has been at the center of many discussions of poetics. This has led poetry of the last four decades to be divided into the opposing tendencies of ‘new lyricism’ and ‘literality’. However, whatever the terms used to describe the French poetic field, this chapter demonstrates that such dichotomies are not, in themselves, always useful. The chapter provides an extensive survey of the contrasting strands in poetry since the 1970s, and a detailed contextualization of the work of Denis Roche, Emmanuel Hocquard, Olivier Cadiot, Anne Portugal, Pierre Alferi and Franck Leibovici. It then argues for the necessity of examining the way in which these poets negotiate, question and reconfigure the lyric, avoiding an overly simplistic designation of poets as either ‘for’ or ‘against’ the lyric.

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

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