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new novel:

see French literatureFrench literature,
writings in medieval French dialects and standard modern French. Writings in Provençal and Breton are considered separately, as are works in French produced abroad (as at Canadian literature, French).
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; Robbe-Grillet, AlainRobbe-Grillet, Alain
, 1922–2008, French novelist and filmmaker, b. Brest. Robbe-Grillet is considered the originator of the French nouveau roman [new novel], in which conventional story is subordinated to structure and the significance of objects is stressed above
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an accepted concept used along with the term “new novel” to characterize certain genres in the prose of modernism. The “antinovel” is to be found primarily among French writers of the late 1940’s and 1950’s—for example, S. Beckett, A. Robbe-Grillet, N. Sar-raute, and M. Butor. Having declared a break with the realistic novel in its classical forms (hence the term “anti-novel”), the representatives of the “new novel” also rejected the developed plot, the hero with an integral inner world and character, and the portrayal of any coherent picture of social struggle.



a type of prose fiction in which conventional or traditional novelistic elements are rejected
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Antinovel, for example, is an incomplete translation of Jean-Paul Sartre's antiroman (though this term was used at least as early as 1627 by Charles Sorel) in which French roman is rendered by English novel, but in which the and remains unchanged.
He can do so, for example, by substituting, in his complementary story, the pattern of selection typical of the antinovel for that used in the story narrated in the novel; thus, he could substitute the Ulysses grid for that of Portrait of a Lady when reading James.
Yet at other times the novel itself is masturbating: "the threat that sentimental novels present to stable narratives of development and socialization most emphatically figures in antinovel discourse as a form of masturbation" (81).
This selection from the Spring 1946 issue comes from the latter part of Patchen's antinovel, Sleepers Awake, which was published in December 1946.
The term antinovel was first used by Jean-Paul Sartre in an introduction to Portrait d'un inconnu (1948; Portrait of a Man Unknown) by Nathalie Sarraute.
One of the most intriguing recent examples of the heady dialectic between novel and antinovel, Mean Women by Argentina writer Alicia Borinsky, has just been published in translation.
Younger fiction writers experimented with the antinovel and turned to expressions of the absurd to communicate their experience.
In addition to the French antinovel, one can also see--as Debra Castillo argues--a new theory of language being worked out in Muerte por agua, on Campos's own terms.
Because the author knows full well what a novel is and what her society is made of, she is able to present us with an antinovel in an antinational setting and, beyond the borders of both, give testimony of her intensely Portuguese vision.
His lack of action and emphasis on detail caused him to be regarded as a forerunner of the French nouveau roman, or antinovel.
As postmodern antinovel, Hellblau offers little in the way of coherent plot.
If Dashiell Hammett had written the stream-of-consciousness detective novel he once claimed he would like to, and that manuscript had been passed on to Edmond Jabes for severe line editing, then stolen by early-career Samuel Beckett to be dosed with bursts of hot humor and jaunty textures, then revisited by late-career Samuel Beckett for cooling and quieting, then borrowed by the late poet Jackson Mac Low to undergo various destabilizing textual operations, we might, if we could lay our hands on the resultant hybrid wonder, have some sense of the baffling, polymorphic territory limned in Robert Majzels stunning antinovel, Apikoros Sleuth.