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Dany Laferrière's Aesthetic of Recycling

Dany Laferrière's Aesthetic of Recycling <p>Abstract:</p><p>This article examines Dany Laferrière&apos;s practice of rewritingthemes, characters, and scenes from hisearlyworks. It argues that hisrepurposing of novelistic material, which may suggestthe exhaustion of authorial creativity, is in facta strategy to create a coherent oeuvre in which worksecho and promote each other. Using Journal d&apos;un écrivainenpyjama (2013) as a text that both exemplifies and theorizes Laferrière&apos;s aesthetic, the essayshows how and why the author recycles. Analysis of recurrent scenes establishes that Laferrière&apos;s works advance byaccretion. Further examination of figures of the author (as a dandy, rock star, in pyjamas, etc.) stresses his parody of the literary taxonomies critics have used to characterize his work (a Haitian, Québécois, migrant author, etc.). Parody aside, Laferrière&apos;s repetitive textual patterns and his publishers&apos; marketing techniques have turned him into a brand image that leaves him little choice but to satisfy readers&apos;expectationsof familiar tropes. The author&apos;srecycling technique is at once a critical tool to interrogate the cultural logic of the presentand a means of accruing economic capital.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png French Forum University of Nebraska Press

Dany Laferrière&apos;s Aesthetic of Recycling

French Forum , Volume 43 (1) – Sep 29, 2018

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University of Nebraska Press
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<p>Abstract:</p><p>This article examines Dany Laferrière&apos;s practice of rewritingthemes, characters, and scenes from hisearlyworks. It argues that hisrepurposing of novelistic material, which may suggestthe exhaustion of authorial creativity, is in facta strategy to create a coherent oeuvre in which worksecho and promote each other. Using Journal d&apos;un écrivainenpyjama (2013) as a text that both exemplifies and theorizes Laferrière&apos;s aesthetic, the essayshows how and why the author recycles. Analysis of recurrent scenes establishes that Laferrière&apos;s works advance byaccretion. Further examination of figures of the author (as a dandy, rock star, in pyjamas, etc.) stresses his parody of the literary taxonomies critics have used to characterize his work (a Haitian, Québécois, migrant author, etc.). Parody aside, Laferrière&apos;s repetitive textual patterns and his publishers&apos; marketing techniques have turned him into a brand image that leaves him little choice but to satisfy readers&apos;expectationsof familiar tropes. The author&apos;srecycling technique is at once a critical tool to interrogate the cultural logic of the presentand a means of accruing economic capital.</p>

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French ForumUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Sep 29, 2018

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