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Max Frisch, écrivain et architecte : correspondances et transferts entre deux modes de création

Abstract : The sun of an architect father, the Swiss writer Max Frisch (1911-1991) himself exercised that profession for fifteen years. The international acclaim of his novel Stiller published in 1954 gave him the opportunity to revert permanently and exclusively to writing. This study means to analyse the links between writing and architecture in Max Frisch’s literary work, two consecutive occupations in the writer’s life, yet intrinsically linked in his approach to and practice of literature. With the help of a varied set of works consisting of Max Frisch’s Diaries, novels, dramas and various essays, we shall use a chronological approach while studying the thematic and formal aspects of the link between literature and architecture. The study will first refer to the period of time when Frisch practised the two occupations of architect and writer. Then we shall concentrate on the concept of utopia, both in literature and in architecture, that concept being at the heart of his creative activity, we shall wonder if it is not at the crossroads of architecture and literature. We shall also concentrate on the various places that earmarked the writer’s life in order to account for the importance of the spatial dimension in his work. To that effect, we shall have to show what connects that issue to the questionings of postmodernity. The image of a writer-builder will serve us as a guideline and confer this study its coherence.
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Edwige Flückiger-Bainier. Max Frisch, écrivain et architecte : correspondances et transferts entre deux modes de création. Littératures. Université de Lorraine, 2021. Français. ⟨NNT : 2021LORR0203⟩. ⟨tel-03587665⟩

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