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Inquiétudes américaines : présence des Etats-Unis et remises en question esthétiques dans la littérature française autour de 1880

English title American concerns. The US presence and aesthetic inquiries in French literature around 1880
Applicant Geinoz Philippe
Number 142083
Funding scheme Fellowships for advanced researchers
Research institution Littérature du 19e siècle Littératures françaises et comparée Université Paris IV Sorbonne
Institution of higher education Institution abroad - IACH
Main discipline Romance languages and literature
Start/End 01.08.2013 - 31.07.2015
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Keywords (7)

France; aesthetic inquiries; 1880; concerns; social model; USA; literature

Lay Summary (English)

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AMERICAN CONCERNS

The US presence and aesthetic inquiries in French literature around 1880

This proposal began with the observation that over a very brief period of perhaps 10 years around 1880 there were repeated references to modern America – not the native Indian land described by Chateaubriand or alluded to in Rimbaud’s Bateau ivre – in various texts which, although quite different from one another, together contributed to a significant aesthetic inquiry. My research will focus on this discreet yet fascinating connection which, albeit not explicitly, raises aesthetic questions and takes up a more or less direct position on an emerging social model, one that is considered from a distance – oceans apart – yet perceived as having the potential to become our own. In so doing, it appears to offer a promising angle from which we might understand the resources of resistance and appropriation that literature offers the individual, against a historical backdrop – the establishment of a lasting republic – that profoundly modified the conditions of one’s founding identity.

The proposed study will begin by charting this American presence (representations of the United States as well as the actual presence of American writers) in French novels and poems from this period. It will then show how this presence reveals concerns for the future of French society before concluding with an analysis of the detail in the texts and the way in which these concerns are expressed, not only in terms of explicit content but also and above all in terms of the aesthetic novelty that the texts offered to the reader as a resource.
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Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Publications

Publication
L'américanisation de la ville et l'intimité perdue : Huysmans et le nouveau Paris
Geinoz Philippe (2016), L'américanisation de la ville et l'intimité perdue : Huysmans et le nouveau Paris, in Romantisme, 2/2016(172), 118-127.
Baudelaire yankee, ou les ressources de la "grande barbarie" américaine
Geinoz Philippe (2015), Baudelaire yankee, ou les ressources de la "grande barbarie" américaine, in Le Magasin du XIXe siècle, 2015(5), 72-79.
Le travail du dimanche. Recherche d'une contemporanéité dans les Derniers Vers de Laforgue.
Geinoz Philippe (2014), Le travail du dimanche. Recherche d'une contemporanéité dans les Derniers Vers de Laforgue., in Littérature, (174), 54-71.
Usage des Etats-Unis dans les romans d'Edmond de Goncourt
Geinoz Philippe, Usage des Etats-Unis dans les romans d'Edmond de Goncourt, in Reverzy Eléonore Bourguinat Nicolas (ed.), Presses universitaires de Strasbourg, Strasbourg.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Groupe de recherche sur l'attention, Genève Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
OBVIL (Observatoire de la vie littéraire), Paris IV-Sorbonne France (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Equipe "Littérature XIXe-XXe siècle", Paris IV-Sorbonne France (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Décadence et américanisation, séminaire de recherche Individual talk L'acrobate américaine, ou comment tuer le romanesque 17.04.2015 Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne, France Geinoz Philippe;
Décadence et américanisation, séminaire de recherche Individual talk Introduction 17.04.2015 Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne, France Geinoz Philippe;
Les Goncourt historiens, colloque international Individual talk Fragments d'histoire future. L'usage des Etats-Unis dans les romans d'Edmond de Goncourt 09.04.2015 Université de Strasbourg, France Geinoz Philippe;
Soirée de clôture du semestre, French Department, The Graduate Center, CUNY Individual talk Inquiétudes américaines. Possibilités de l'art dans une société démocratique 12.12.2014 New York, United States of America Geinoz Philippe;
Travaux du groupe de recherche sur l'attention (Genève) Talk given at a conference Expérience urbaine et attention : l'exemple de Huysmans 22.10.2013 Genève, Switzerland Geinoz Philippe;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
"Décadence et américanisation", séminaire de recherche 17.04.2015 Université Paris IV-Sorbonne, France

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
173655 L'Amérique au tournant. La place des Etats-Unis dans la littérature française entre 1890 et 1920. 01.04.2017 Scientific Conferences

Abstract

This proposal began with the observation that over a very brief period of perhaps 10 years around 1880 there were repeated references to modern America - not the native Indian land described by Chateaubriand or alluded to in Rimbaud’s Bateau ivre - in various texts which, although quite different from one another, together contributed to a significant aesthetic inquiry. My research will focus on this discreet yet fascinating connection which, albeit not explicitly, raises aesthetic questions and takes up a more or less direct position on an emerging social model, one that is considered from a distance - oceans apart - yet perceived as having the potential to become our own. In so doing, it appears to offer a promising angle from which we might understand the resources of resistance and appropriation that literature offers the individual, against a historical backdrop - the establishment of a lasting republic - that profoundly modified the conditions of one’s founding identity.The proposed study will begin by charting this American presence (representations of the United States as well as the actual presence of American writers) in French novels and poems from this period. It will then show how this presence reveals concerns for the future of French society before concluding with an analysis of the detail in the texts and the way in which these concerns are expressed, not only in terms of explicit content but also and above all in terms of the aesthetic novelty that the texts offered to the reader as a resource.
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