Jeux et enjeux du regard : entre plaisir et danger : l’œuvre d’art dans le roman de Siri Hustvedt

Abstract : The aim of this thesis is to study the relations between word and image in three of Siri Hustvedt’s novels: The Blindfold (1992) What I Loved (2003) and The Blazing World (2014). Hustvedt’s works of fiction contain many long ekphraseis – the result is the “pictorial” saturation of the literary text. The works of art described are mainly fictitious and make reference to a wide variety of techniques and mediums (painting, photography, installation, video). The author invents works of art that progressively evolve from two-dimensions to three-dimensions and from still image to moving image. This thesis examines the function of the insertion of these images in the literary text and questions the impact of this event on the reader/viewer. In each novel, the encounter between the “narrator-viewer” and the works of art leads to an aesthetic or a sensual pleasure. The characters take part in mirror and mask games that can put them in danger. The confrontation with the work of art results in a loss of control and a form of alienation when the characters are symbolically blind or trapped by their own perceptions. The reader’s active participation reaches a climax in The Blazing World.
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Joey Massé. Jeux et enjeux du regard : entre plaisir et danger : l’œuvre d’art dans le roman de Siri Hustvedt. Linguistique. Université de la Réunion, 2017. Français. ⟨NNT : 2017LARE0028⟩. ⟨tel-01761236⟩

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