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L'esthétique du puzzle dans l'oeuvre de Georges Perec

Abstract : Starting from an interest in the idea of the puzzle in the works of Georges Perec, this thesis takes as its object this game-image in order to discover its presence in Perec's writing activity in different ways and in different forms, to question it and to evaluate its efficiency, importance and relevance. Firstly, we propose an analysis of the puzzle from the theme, the structure and the writing of the essential novel-puzzle Life: A User's Manual, in order to study its action in the central story, in the narrative structure and in the scriptural process of the novel. We are then interested, within the framework of the whole of the Perecquian works, in a kind of autobiographical puzzle reconstructed from a missing piece, by starting with the study of this missing piece implying another image - the empty space – which occupies an essential position in the Perecquian writing. The last phase of our research is about the metaphor of the puzzle applied by Perec to his conception of literature; we proceed by two steps corresponding to two levels of meaning enclosed in the puzzle: that is to say by presenting the playful nature (the puzzle as a game) of the Perecquian literature on the one hand, and on the other by explaining and putting into perspective this metaphor of Perec concerning the proper image of the puzzle, including the relationships, the actions and the processes involved (the puzzle as a model). This thesis, carried out in the three frameworks of analysis of increasing dimensions, reveals the fundamental place of the puzzle in the Perecquian aesthetic, and also its modernity as a literary model.
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Mengzhe Xiao. L'esthétique du puzzle dans l'oeuvre de Georges Perec. Littératures. Université Michel de Montaigne - Bordeaux III, 2021. Français. ⟨NNT : 2021BOR30058⟩. ⟨tel-03735752⟩



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