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The significance of rewriting, or Pour un nouveau roman as the manifesto of the Nouveau Roman

This article considers the importance of studying the process of rewriting for an examination of Alain Robbe-Grillet’s anthology Pour un nouveau roman (1963). It studies two types of rewriting: the first involves the way reported speech is used and revised in the different versions of a text. The second concerns the reformulation of the writer’s own discourse. The comparison of the original newspaper articles and their rewritten versions in the book that became the manifesto of an innovative literary movement draws upon studies from both ‘textual genetics’ (génétique textuelle) and discourse analysis. Keywords: New Novel; textual genetics; discourse analysis; manifesto; Robbe-Grillet; reported speech Introduction During the 1950s and 1960s Alain Robbe-Grillet published a series of articles, first as a columnist in the daily press – L’Express and France Observateur – and later as a critic in several renowned literary journals of the period, such as La Nouvelle Revue française (N.R.F), Critique and Revue de Paris. Spanning almost a decade, the articles were then assembled in 1963, under the auspices of Éditions de Minuit,1 into a collection entitled Pour un nouveau roman [For a New Novel ]. This collection came to be known, along with Nathalie Sarraute’s L’Ère du http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Romance Studies Berghahn Books

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