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Emmanuel Carrère

Core reading

Emmanuel Carrère, L'Adversaire (2000)

Week 1

Read the first half of the novel (up to p. 102).

Topics for seminar discussion:

  • Genre and style
  • Use of imagery (in particular religious imagery)
  • Life and death
  • Culpability and responsibility
  • Social class and standing
  • Illness and medicine
  • Truth and lies

Week 2

Topics for seminar discussion:

  • Self and other
  • Secrets
  • Sympathy and blame
  • Infidelity
  • Forgiveness

Secondary reading on Carrère

Émilie Brière, ‘Le laminage de l’événement et du quotidien: Quelle place pour l’individu dans L’Adversaire d’Emmanuel Carrère?’, Temps zéro 1 (2007), available here.

Émilie Brière, ‘Faits divers, faits littéraires: Le romancier contemporain devant les faits accomplis’, Études littéraires 40.3 (2009): 157-171, 212.

Daisy Connon, Subjects not-at-home: Forms of the uncanny in the contemporary French novel: Emmanuel Carrère, Marie NDiaye, Eugène Savitzkaya (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010).

Thierry Duran, ‘Emmanuel Carrère: L’étranger en soi’, The French Review 83.3 (2010): 574-588.

Ninà Ekstein, ‘Irony in Emmanuel Carrère’s La Moustache’, The French Review 86.3 (2013): 446, 497-506.

Esther N. Marion, ‘The Narrator-Perpetrator and the Infectious Crime Scene: Emmanuel Carrère’s L’Adversaire’, in James Day (ed.), Violence in French and Francophone Literature and Film (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2008): 59-70.

Xabi Molia, ‘On Literature as Readymade’, Review of Contemporary Fiction 30.3 (2010): 67-73.

Alessandra M. Pires, ‘Segments of Madness in Emmanuel Carrère’s La Moustache: When the Surrounding Normalcy Speaks Lies and Madness’, Offscreen 15.5 (May 2011), Available here.

A series of five interviews with Carrère on the France Culture radio programme Hors Champs, 3-7 November 2014: available here.