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Exposer au chaos, la monstruosité dans Le Jardin des Plantes de Claude Simon

Abstract : Monstrousness jeopardizes the old literary patterns of representation. It questions the limits of depiction: how can an artist show formlessness since its very principle is to defy rational usage, to resist symbolic representation and to disrupt any imposed order. As a response to 20th century monstrousness, Claude Simon has written a monster-novel that includes the scars left by the explosions of that period but transposes them in a poetic vein. Le Jardin des Plantes introduces, as the story unfolds, the lacunae and violent acts of a monstrous era. It relates the failures of the hierarchical and classification systems. It defeats any attempt to synthezise or categorize. Using mixed and varied kinds of texts, it shows the resilience and the permanence of the inhumane, of the other, of the monster as it is and as it can be seen in different forms. If the narrator refuses to ratify the oaths of drunk humanists at a congress, his transposition of world confusion into narrative confusion can however be interpreted as an ethical commitment. It is this which leads the au hor to confront this disparate world, by ceaselessly composing and recomposing it in the world of words, at the risk of his own dissolution.
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Marie Hartmann. Exposer au chaos, la monstruosité dans Le Jardin des Plantes de Claude Simon. Elseneur, Centre de recherche LASLAR/Presses Universitaires de Caen, 2015, Monstruosités contemporaines, pp.63-76. ⟨hal-02304683⟩

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