Contemporary Literature (B3)
Teacher : Raya Baudinet-Lindberg
It will be a question of approaching writing as a space of experiments with variable geometry, and not only as a unidimensional and linear space. To do this, the course of contemporary literature will be articulated in two distinct yet complementary phases. The first theoretical and methodological phase, the history of modern and contemporary literature, will be based on a specific theme, in connection with authors whose imaginary world passes through the plastic form. Following the example of Hugo and his ink drawings, but also by extension the pieces written and filmed for television by Samuel Beckett ( Quad , Pas moi ). We will also approach literature through cinematographic works that refer to it beyond the simple adaptation. This year, we'll look at the means given to authors modern and contemporary to signify disappearance, whether they figure it formally by exploring the possibilities offered by the emptiness of the page, or whether they recount mourning by writing from the trace (Jacques Roubaud; Anne James Chaton), or give an account of an abysmal reverie (Victor Hugo). Narratives of loss will also be addressed through English and American authors such as William Burroughs and Sarah Kane. The dialectical relationship between speech and writing will be highlighted, as well as the link between writing and visual practice, with a view to building bridges between disciplines and eras. Another part of the course will focus on the practice of choral and individual writing, and will complete this phase of theoretical learning by means of writing processes, and text presentations by students.
- Bibliography and Suggested Readings
Samuel Beckett, The Last Tape, Not I - Pas Moi, ed. Midnight. 1960.
Samuel Beckett, The Unspeakable. ed. Midnight.
Kenneth Goldsmith, L'écriture sans écriture, du langage à l'âge numérique , Jean Boîte ed. 2018.
Jacques Roubaud, Quelque chose noir, NRF, Poésie Gallimard, 1986.
William Burroughs, Le festin nu, 1964.
William Burroughs, The Nova Trilogy (1954-1958).
Francis Ponge, Le Parti pris des choses; La Rage de l'expression, NRF, Poésie Gallimard.1942.
Babouillec autiste sans paroles, Algorythme anonyme , Christophe Chomand Editeur, 2013.
Alix Cléo Roubaud, Journal, éditions du Seuil, collection Fiction & Cie, 1984.
Alix Cléo Roubaud, Photographs, exhibition catalog, BNF, 2014. Anne-James Chaton, Elles regarent passer les gens, Verticale, 2015.
Georges Perec, W ou le souvenir d'enfance, tel Gallimard, 1975.
Georges Perec, Tentative d'épuisement d'un lieu parisien, C. Bourgois, 1975.
Georges Perec, Un homme qui dort, 1974.
Sarah Kane, Manque, ed. L'Arche. 1998.
Victor Hugo, L'œil égaré dans les plis de l'obéissance au vent de, Bibl. de la Pléiade, p.1018.
Francis Ponge, Le Parti pris des choses ; La Rage de l'expression, NRF, Poésie Gallimard.1942.
Gesticulated videos of Charles Pennequin.
Le bonhomme de Merde by Christophe Tarkos + performative readings.
Evaluation 2 notes :
1. Quadri 1: written exam at the end of the quadrimester in the form of an explanation of text, and free writing.
2. Quadri 2 : rendering of a writing booklet ( 5 pages) inspired by the theme addressed during the year.