L'écriture de "la Règle" et la règle de l'écriture : étude stylistique de "La règle du jeu" de Michel Leiris

Abstract : This thesis is about the writing in Michel Leiris'work, “la règle du jeu”. It postulates an interest in and about margins and in discontinuity all along the text. The first part concerns metalanguage-especially the reflexive use of words or token-reflexivity, which process is the fundamental textual output and it allows expressing the role of nominalism in the text. Leiris enjoys digressing. His associative way of writing sometimes produces real departures from the subject. So the writing has to do with guiltiness and that's the reason why Leiris uses gradually more poly-isotopic writing in order to avoid digressions. Thus he becomes a virtuoso of that kind of writing. However in the last volume the fragmentation process is predominant. In fact, fragmentation is a way of avoiding expansive writing. This technique is deliberate and is everywhere exhibited. It allows the writer to delay beginning or ending his discourse properly. The apparent unyielding contrast between digression and fragmentation is, in fact, a way of understanding more easily what is permanent in Leiris'text. Digression and fragmentation are the same, except that one is the obverse of the other| the last part is about the length of his sentences. Leiris can't help writing long sentences. He is governed by his need of totality, which is best expressed in his pattern of summary. It is what originates his long sentences which are analyzed, especially incidental clauses, parenthesis and hyphens. But Leiris'sentence is also a rhythmic one, whose rhythm can be analyzed. At its level the long sentence reflects the same discursive reasons as the rest of the work, so it appears like one important part of his stylistics or even like the proper aesthetics of the author. This work is the first study devoted to the writer's style. it sums up the main acquired principles of Leiris'work. It tries to make a synthesis of the main concepts studied in the thesis.
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Michel Peifer. L'écriture de "la Règle" et la règle de l'écriture : étude stylistique de "La règle du jeu" de Michel Leiris. Littératures. Université Nancy 2, 1997. Français. ⟨NNT : 1997NAN21035⟩. ⟨tel-01776541⟩

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