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Monstres et monstrueux dans l'œuvre d'Alexandre Vialatte

Abstract : Alexandre Vialatte's work displays an attraction, even a fascination, for monsters, and, more deeply, for monstrosity: his novelistic universe is characterized by the presence of monsters. This presence is both due to the tragic perception of a monstrosity which inheres in everyday life and in Man himself, and by Vialatte's imaginary world which is haunted by the question of identity, of guilt, and of the creation of the Self as a fantasy of reinvention. As Vialatte was confronted with the mad murders of History and with his own madness, he was subjectively involved in the wars of the 20th century. Between the 1920's and the 1970's he was a novelist and then a columnist who imagined a fictional universe bearing the marks of the disintegration of reality and of the negation of the being.Monsters haunting fiction are the sign of deeply troubled times, they reveal how Vialatte's imagination is marked by an acute sense of History. Monstrosity, which is even more shapeless and boundless than monsters, underlies the whole structure of Alexandre Vialatte's work: indeed, the transgressive distortion of reality is present in all the narrative. This fascination for monsters and monstrosity originates in a tragic and insuperable perception of reality: indeed, Alexandre Vialatte's vision betrays a metaphysical and ontological anxiety. His writing and his ambiguous humor have a troubling and cacophonic character. His writing, which is characterized by deformation and fragmentation, gives a subversive and explosive aspect to the work as a whole, and reveals a space which is unthinkable. In his work, the writer finds a way to define his aesthetic choices, to accept his disillusions without ceasing to write. His unconscious admission of his intimate and personal attraction for monstrosity reveals how the act of writing itself is haunted by monstrosity, how it enables to transcend reality and to sublimate it through the power of writing.
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Anne-Laure Milcent. Monstres et monstrueux dans l'œuvre d'Alexandre Vialatte. Littératures. Université Grenoble Alpes; Université de Fribourg (Suisse), 2015. Français. ⟨NNT : 2015GREAL027⟩. ⟨tel-01690145v2⟩

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