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Fixer les échos de la réalité”, l’écriture et le monstre dans Claustria de Régis Jauffret

Abstract : Based on a real event - the Fritzl case- Régis Jauffret, in his novel Claustria, describes the trial of a monstrous character, in so far as the word "monster" implies transgressing the Law. The cellar in which Fritzl's daughter was confined for twenty-four years constitutes a world outside the Law. The cellar is a new approach ta the myth of the cavern, questioning not only reality and illusion but also representation and irrepresentability. As a scene of disorder and in-betweenness, the cellar becomes a metonymy for underground activity and the spectral presence of Nazism, which has become the paradigm of monstrousness. The novel is as much the book of the monster as a monstrous book, because of the strangeness of its structure and its generic hybridity.Its ability ta act as an echo chamber for a monstrous utterance opens onto the poetic and paradoxically manifests a monstrous underside.
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Sylvie Loignon. Fixer les échos de la réalité”, l’écriture et le monstre dans Claustria de Régis Jauffret. Elseneur, Centre de recherche LASLAR/Presses Universitaires de Caen, 2015, Monstruosités contemporaines, pp.155-168. ⟨hal-01962270⟩



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