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IAS Book Launch: The Price of Literature - The French Novel’s Theoretical Turn

29 January 2020, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

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Institute of Advanced Studies

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IAS Common Ground, Ground floor, South Wing, UCL
005: Wilkins Main Building
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

by Patrick Bray.
Chair: Mairéad Hanrahan (UCL)
Respondents: Nick White (Emmanuel College, Cambridge) and Ian Maclachlan (Merton College, Oxford)

This book examines the presence of theory in the nineteenth-century French novel, something Proust likened to leaving a price tag on a gift. Literature’s freedom to represent anything at all has meant, paradoxically, that it cannot articulate a coherent theory of itself—unless this theory is a necessarily subversive literary representation, or “the novel’s theoretical turn.”
The Price of Literature analyses how novels from the nineteenth century (by Mme de Staël, Hugo, Balzac, Flaubert, and Proust) perform a theoretical turn to claim the freedom to represent anything in the world, but also literature’s ability to transform the world it represents.

This book is published by Northwestern University Press.

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