Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation

La contagion des imaginaires : lectures camusiennes du récit d’épidémie contemporain

Abstract : My reflexion is rooted in two observations: the development of epidemics in fiction literature in the 80s and the unsatisfying recognition of a work, canonical but frozen in its allegorical reading: La Peste by Camus. My research project is based on the will to build the epidemic story as a genre in its own right and on the assumption of a Camusian intertextuality in contemporary narratives. Under the influence of this form of contagion, the stories of the corpus (García Márquez, Le Clézio, Stewart O'Nan, Saramago, Goytisolo) allow an “allegorical” approach, according to the modern definition of the term offered by Walter Benjamin: the writing of wreck, of break-up, and of the loss of meaning. In return, reading La Peste in the contemporary era must encourage a renewed approach of the novel. Broadly, we want to estimate to what extent the contagion can be a pertinent metaphor to represent the literary field. In fact, the narrative of epidemics appears as a dialogic space where the vision of an author can interact with various social imaginaries, in particular with the idea of a “postmodern crisis”. That’s why we can consider these allegorical fictions as “form-meaning” so far as contagion constitutes a theme, an aesthetical principle and an ethical perspective. From these multiple interactions between reality and fiction, a last form of contagion emerges, implied in the act of reading. To what extent does the reader contaminate the novel? How can fiction constitute a “pharmakon” against the “crisis” of the contemporary world?
Document type :
Complete list of metadatas

Cited literature [230 references]  Display  Hide  Download
Contributor : Abes Star :  Contact
Submitted on : Monday, October 27, 2014 - 2:49:43 PM
Last modification on : Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 5:28:29 AM
Long-term archiving on: : Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 11:25:36 AM


Version validated by the jury (STAR)


  • HAL Id : tel-01077943, version 1


Aurélie Palud. La contagion des imaginaires : lectures camusiennes du récit d’épidémie contemporain. Littératures. Université Rennes 2, 2014. Français. ⟨NNT : 2014REN20016⟩. ⟨tel-01077943⟩



Record views


Files downloads