THE ART OF THE PROJECT
Projects and Experiments in Modern French Culture
Edited by Johnnie Gratton and Michael Sheringham
ISBN 978-1-57181-649-8 Hb $90.00/£53.00 Published (Winter 2005)
The idea of the ‘project’ crosses generic, disciplinary and cultural frontiers. At a time when writers and artists are increasingly describing their practices as ‘projects’, remarkably little critical attention has been paid to the actual idea of the ‘project’. This collection of essays responds to an urgent need by suggesting a framework for evaluating the notion of the project in the light of various modernist and postmodernist cultural practices, drawn mainly but not exclusively from the French-speaking domain. The overview offered by this volume promises to makes an original and thought-provoking contribution to contemporary literary, artistic and cultural criticism.
Johnnie Gratton is the holder of the 1776 Chair of French at Trinity College Dublin. He is the author of Expressivism: The Vicissitudes of a Theory in the Writing of Proust and Barthes (Legenda, 2000), and has written widely on modern French fiction and autobiography.
Michael Sheringham is Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature, University of Oxford. He has worked extensively on Surrealism, modern fiction, poetry, and autobiography and related genres. His publications include French Autobiotraphy: Devices and Desires (OUP 1993) and Parisian Fields (ed, Raktion Books, 1996).
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Introduction: Tracking the Art of the Project: History, Theory, Practice
Johnnie Gratton and Michael Sheringham
Chapter 1. Man Ray’s Endgame and Other Modernist Gambits
Chapter 2. Projected Journeys: Exploring the Limits of Travel
Chapter 3. What does Reality Television Threaten?
Chapter 4. Programming and Play: Life Drive and Death Drive in the Work of Georges Perec, Roman Opalka and Jean-Benoît Puech
Chapter 5. Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse: Salvage and the Art of Forgetting
Chapter 6. Games with the Gaze: Sophie Calle’s Postmodern Phototextuality
Chapter 7. On the Subject of the Project
Chapter 8. The Art of the Grand projet: Malraux’s Imaginary Museum and its Contemporary Legacy
Chapter 9. Experimenting with Identity: People, Place and Urban Change in Contemporary French Photography
Chapter 10. Programmes and Projects in the Contemporary Literary Field
Chapter 11. The Project and the Everyday: François Bon’s Experiments in Attention
Chapter 12. Michel Foucault: Life as a Work of Art
Notes on Contributors