Steen Bille Jørgensen, Associate Professor, French Department - School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University. Editor-in-Chief, Revue Romane (Litt¨¦rature); Founder and Chair of Soci¨¦t¨¦ danoise de Litt¨¦rature Contemporaine en langue française. Research on Modern and Contemporary French and Francophone Literature, Literary Theory and Translation Studies; publications on literary theory, translation theory, Oulipo, G. Perec and D. Chraïbi; translator of Jacques Jouet.
Reading the Real ¨C French Realisms after the Nouveau Roman?
Taking my point of departure in the generic uncertainty of Louis Aragon¡¯s metafictional novels from the 1960s, I will examine the ¡°limits of Realism¡± in contemporary French literature. Can new ironic forms in contemporary works by François Bon and Jacques Jouet be considered as ¨C more or less activist ¨C ways of challenging the reader¡¯s apprehension of the real?