A qui la palme? deux lectures d'un texte de Lautre?amont /
Abstract (Summary)Literary theory is a tool, a guide for the interpretation of a text, but often poses more questions than it resolves. The theorist Roland Barthes provides one model, a “top-down” approach to literary analysis. While effective, such an approach is not without weaknesses. Michael Riffaterre uses an opposite approach, looking not only for the development of the key ideas in a text, but how those main ideas are generated, and thus can be used to fill in the holes left by Barthes. Les Chants de Maldoror by Lautréamont serves as a jump-off point for a comparison of these two theorists. In the end, Riffaterre’s more “objective” viewpoint provides a better path to understanding Lautréamont’s enigmatic text.
School:The University of Georgia
School Location:USA - Georgia
Source Type:Master's Thesis
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