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Le collage citationnel dans La Bataille de Pharsale de Claude Simon
Claude Simon’s The Battle of Pharsalus (1969) is a verbal patchwork containing heterogeneous narrative fragments and intertextual inserts that are all integrated into a “jigsaw puzzle” structure. The moving complexity of such a fictional device clearly appears when one studies the quotations from In Search of Lost Time used throughout the novel. A detailed stylistic analysis of those quotations (graphic layout, phrasal structure, insertion modes, metatextual marks …) shows that textual collage may be considered as the expression of a specific literary project resting on a reticular conception of writing, a “perspectivist” view of verbal and nonverbal objects, postmodern aesthetic precepts and the use of transsemiotic references to iconic language.
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