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L’impossible échec ou comment accepter d’être écrivain »

Abstract : The contemporary representation of literature is still broadly influenced by images of unsuccessful and cursed writers who have become, since the nineteenth century, the mythical figures of uncompromising literature : failure is thus reversed into success for theses writers who put all their lives at stake for their works and consider the exclusion that they endured as proof of authenticity and legitimacy. Fiction is full of representations of suffering writers which can be analysed as a sign of the long-lasting presence of this authorial behaviour. However this profusion of fictional writers may conceal a salutary struggle against a possible ruin of literature : theses narratives show how literary success induces dissatisfaction and examine on the other side the mesmerizing effect of failure for writers. Enrique Vila-Matas’ novel, Doctor Pasavento, reveals how the figure of the author bears sinking attraction despite everything and rebuilds itself away from unsuccessful writers so as to the failure of literature does not happen.
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Charline Pluvinet. L’impossible échec ou comment accepter d’être écrivain ». Post-Scriptum, Université de Montréal, 2011, La figure du raté : perspectives comparatistes, Mai (13). ⟨hal-01617361⟩



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