Nathalie Sarraute's L'Usage de la Parole, or Re(en)trop(iz)ing Tropismes

Greene, Robert W.
March 1983
Novel: A Forum on Fiction;Spring1983, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p197
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
Examines the fictional nature and characteristics of "L'Usage de la Parole," a novel by Nathalie Sarraute. Comment on her roots in French moralism and her ties to a self-consciously innovative and problematic approach to fiction-making; Absence of conventional plot, with its chronological recounting of past events in her fictional writing; Impact of Sarraute's indictment of totalitarian patterns of speech on the novel's narrative.


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