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Genèse, censure, autocensure (review)

Genèse, censure, autocensure (review) 06-Reviews 12/12/06 11:49 AM Page 759 Reviews 759 Michel Braud wears his learning lightly, referring usefully to critical the- ory. He also quotes constantly—but perhaps too succinctly—from the thou- sands of pages of journals he has read. This can sometimes be frustrating, and one occasionally wishes for more substance—for the texture and smell of the dissected body—in this altogether elegant anatomy of the journal. With La Forme des jours, Michel Braud makes a significant and very readable contri- bution to the elaboration of a theory of the journal as a genre. His book will also be useful to anyone interested in the status of life writing, or, more gen- erally, in the question of personal literature. Virginia Ricard Catherine Viollet and Claire Bustarret, eds. Genèse, censure, autocensure. Paris: CNRS Editions, 2005. 234 pp. ISBN 2-271-06320-5, Euro30. The first readers of Rousseau’s Confessions in 1782 were apparently deprived of what were considered the most sensational passages, about a dozen pages that had been deleted precisely by those entrusted with the manuscript. The story (in three acts) of how this came about is told in this volume (published in the CNRS’s “Text and Manuscript” series) by Philippe Lejeune. He denounces the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Genèse, censure, autocensure (review)

Biography , Volume 29 (4) – Feb 5, 2007

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2006 Biographical Research Center.
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0162-4962
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06-Reviews 12/12/06 11:49 AM Page 759 Reviews 759 Michel Braud wears his learning lightly, referring usefully to critical the- ory. He also quotes constantly—but perhaps too succinctly—from the thou- sands of pages of journals he has read. This can sometimes be frustrating, and one occasionally wishes for more substance—for the texture and smell of the dissected body—in this altogether elegant anatomy of the journal. With La Forme des jours, Michel Braud makes a significant and very readable contri- bution to the elaboration of a theory of the journal as a genre. His book will also be useful to anyone interested in the status of life writing, or, more gen- erally, in the question of personal literature. Virginia Ricard Catherine Viollet and Claire Bustarret, eds. Genèse, censure, autocensure. Paris: CNRS Editions, 2005. 234 pp. ISBN 2-271-06320-5, Euro30. The first readers of Rousseau’s Confessions in 1782 were apparently deprived of what were considered the most sensational passages, about a dozen pages that had been deleted precisely by those entrusted with the manuscript. The story (in three acts) of how this came about is told in this volume (published in the CNRS’s “Text and Manuscript” series) by Philippe Lejeune. He denounces the

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