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Disputes over Territory

Disputes over Territory

(p.249) Chapter Eleven Disputes over Territory
Far Afield
Vincent Debaene
University of Chicago Press

Whereas chapter 10 turned to the beginning of the twentieth century to gauge writers’ and literary scholars’ reactions to the advent of the social sciences, chapter 11 examines the 1930s through the 1960s in order to take a more contemporary look at how literature writ large responded to the development of the social sciences. This chapter engages with figures such as Ramon Fernandez, André Breton, Georges Bataille, Maurice Blanchot, and Roland Barthes, highlighting specific moments (such as the reception of Lévi-Strauss’s Tristes Tropiques) where the figure of the artist coexists uneasily with that of the scientist. The chapter explores how literature sought to define itself and its role in relation to new scientific disciplines that redrew old lines of disciplinary demarcation.

Keywords:   Ramon Fernandez, Georges Bataille, Maurice Blanchot, Roland Barthes, Tristes Tropiques, André Breton, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Social sciences, Literature and science

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