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Author Hippolyte, Jean-Louis.
Title Fuzzy fiction / Jean-Louis Hippolyte.
Imprint Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2006]
©2006

Author Hippolyte, Jean-Louis.
Series Stages ; v. 21.
Stages (Series) ; v. 21.
Subject French fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
French fiction -- 21st century -- History and criticism.
Uncertainty in literature.
Description 1 online resource (319 pages).
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-304) and index.
Contents Jean-Philippe Toussaint: Reticent narratives -- Eric Chevillard: Building Babel -- Marie Redonnet: The mourning after -- Antoine Volodine: Inside wars -- Francois Bon: Grueling prognostications -- Vague becomings: Strategies of fuzziness in twenty-first-century fiction (conclusion).
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Summary Fuzzy Fiction examines the phenomenon of "fuzziness," both figurative and structural, in the contemporary French novel. Fuzziness, as originally conceived by Bertrand Russell a century ago, eventually led to the fuzzy set theory of mathematics, on which Jean-Louis Hippolyte bases his theory of literary criticism. In literature the use of fuzziness as a critical lens reveals how semantic ambiguity translates into ontological uncertainty, and why we should look past singularity and toward multiplicity. The paradoxical coincidence of order and disorder, the seemingly infinite exploration of narrative options, and the principle of undifferentiated identity all contribute to a general poetics of vagueness. It is this capital notion of vagueness that Hippolyte identifies as integral to contemporary French fiction and contemporary literature in general.
ISBN 9780803207288 (electronic bk.)
080320728X (electronic bk.)
1280735155
9781280735158
OCLC # 85825576
Additional Format Print version: Hippolyte, Jean-Louis. Fuzzy fiction. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2006 9780803224292 080322429X (DLC) 2006011670 (OCoLC)65820281.


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