Currents of Description in Les Corps conducteurs

  • Michael Evans


The predominating view of Les Corps conducteurs amongst current French critics of Simon’s work is that this novel fails to achieve the level of irrecuperable discontinuity which it nevertheless seems to set as its target. The fractured surface of textual fragmentation is, in the final analysis, reassembled and blended into a homogenous entity by the lingering influence of the Aristotelian ideal of unity. Yet the evidence which is advanced in support of this reading is not always the same and often in conflict.


Referential Dimension Shop Window Narrative Sequence Ostensive Definition Structural Metaphor 
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Notes and Reference

  1. 2.
    Claud Duverlie, ‘Sur deux oeuvres récentes de Claude Simon’, Die Neuren Sprache, 9 (September 1972), 547.Google Scholar
  2. 93.
    Stephen Heath, The Nouveau Roman (London, 1972), p. 111.Google Scholar
  3. 95.
    John Lyons, Introduction to Theoretical Linguistics (Cambridge, 1968), p. 409.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Michael J. Evans 1988

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