Myth and the Fiction of Michel Tournier and Patrick Grainville

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This study explores the ways in which myth, in its various guises, operates in the work of two of France’s most highly regarded and popular writers, and draws attention to the similarities between their fiction and that of other novelists of the period. The study explores myth in relation to literature, music, and finally the visual image.


“. . . a very readable and a pioneering book, especially in respect of Grainville, whose works are given a clear and stimulating introduction to an English readership. Her book also adds soundly to existing Tournier scholarship. The discussion of myth is intellectually challenging and wide-ranging but accessible and lucid.” – Ray Davison

“It is a well-written and searching piece of research, which asks the reader to reassess the functions of myth in the postmodern era, particularly as these relate to the fashioning of narrative and the constitution of the author.” – Clive Scott

Table of Contents

Table of contents:
Preface by John Flower
1. Myth: Problems of Definition
2. Myth, Bricolage and Robinson Crusoe: Tournier’s Vendredi ou les limbes du Pacifique and Grainville’s L’Orgie, la neige
3. Mythological Beginnings in Vendredi ou les limbes du Pacifique and L’Orgie, la neige
4. Myth and Music: Tournier’s Le Roi des aulnes and Grainville’s La Diane rosse
5. Myth and the Visual Image
Conclusion, Bibliography, Index

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