The Ogre's Progress: Images of the Ogre in Modern and Contemporary French Fiction pdf epub fb2

The Ogre's Progress: Images of the Ogre in Modern and Contemporary French Fiction by Jonathan F. Krell epub fb2 djvu

Author: Jonathan F. Krell
Title: The Ogre's Progress: Images of the Ogre in Modern and Contemporary French Fiction
ISBN: 0874130654
ISBN13: 978-0874130652
Other Formats: mobi txt mbr lrf
Pages: 166 pages
Publisher: Univ of Delaware Pr; 1 edition (August 31, 2009)
Language: English
Size EPUB version: 1612 kb
Size FB2 version: 1668 kb
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism

This book examines how modern French fiction writers have appropriated the ogre figure in order to evoke violence in all its voracity, as well as destructive time, which eats away the moments of our lives as the prototypical ogre of Western literature, Cronus, devoured his own children. The ogre is a ubiquitous figure that appears not only in mythology and literature, but in real life. For French authors haunted by the horrors of World War II, it symbolizes the abominations of the Nazis and their French collaborators, whose memory has been rekindled in recent years, initiating a national malaise that historians have come to call the 'Vichy Syndrome'. For other writers, the ogre is the sexual deviate who preys upon the innocent. This ogre too has roots in recent history: it began to appear in the 1970s, coinciding with the rise of French feminism, when violence towards women and children finally began to be openly confronted. Jonathan F. Krell teaches modern and contemporary French literature and business French at the University of Georgia.

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