Portland State University. Department of World Languages and Literatures
Date of Award
Master of Arts (M.A.) in French
World Languages and Literatures
1 online resource (100 p.)
Julien Gracq (1910-2007) -- Criticism and interpretation
Julien Gracq' s quest for the "au-delà" is similar in many ways to the Surrealists' attempts to get in touch with the Beyond and to find that mythical and ideal point where binary oppositions are no longer contradictory but complementary. However, he differs greatly from the Surrealists in that his writing is anything but "automatic". Whereas he acknowledges being influenced by the Surrealists' ideas and by the works of certain authors, notably Goethe, Wagner, and Edgar Allen Poe, his works are a unique and carefully constructed web of style techniques, double-entendres, intertextual references, poetic devices, and a deliberate blurring of the dividing line between clear and obscure.
Johnson Wolter, Mary Joanne, "The quest according to Julien Gracq : a study of the search for the beyond in Gracq's three novels and his play Le roi pêcheur" (1991). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4246.