Multiplication des récits et stéréométrie littéraire : d’Italo Calvino aux épifictions contemporaines

Abstract : From the Oulipian novels of Italo Calvino – If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller and The Castle of Crossed Destinies – to contemporary hyperfiction, a redefinition of the form and the issue of embedding narratives has taken place. Based on a contemporary corpus, this work aims to explore the mutations of such a narrative structure seen as traditional and theorised by French narratologists (G. Genette, T. Todorov) during the 1960s. The notion of narrative multiplication seeks to increase its potential in order to address a broader field of novels which try to intertwine several narratives at the same time as to interfere with the hierarchical frames of reference implied by embedding narratives. At the crossroads of narratology and theories of reception, this work questions what is narrative multiplication while keeping in mind its effects on the reader and on the plot (P. Ricoeur) : how can we understand and analyse the reader’s passionate reception (R. Baroni) of monstrous novels, interweaving narrative levels and playing with disorder, loss and illegibility ? We offer to follow closely the intrigued reader, protagonist of this study and surveyor or geometrician of fictional and textual spaces created by narrative multiplication, through her progress in novels – printed or digital – which put at the centre of their concerns the question of narrative devices
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Gaelle Debeaux. Multiplication des récits et stéréométrie littéraire : d’Italo Calvino aux épifictions contemporaines. Littératures. Université Rennes 2, 2017. Français. ⟨NNT : 2017REN20039⟩. ⟨tel-01677450⟩

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