Poetic Becomings. Studies in contemporary French literature

Peter Lang, 2011


What does contemporary French poetry do to the subject? This book examines the means and effects of the subject’s transmutation into various processes of (de-)subjectivation by looking at the works of several contemporary writers. It explores specific texts in the context of Gilles Deleuze’s philosophy, building a critical apparatus – a ‘poetics of becoming’ – that informs close readings of poems and prose. Moving beyond established criteria of classical literary criticism, the book both offers a comparative discussion of Deleuze’s notions of literature and provides new insights into French writing, addressing the political dimension of contemporary poetry from the perspective of current theoretical radicalism.


Articles :

Forum for Modern Language Studies (50:2), april 2014.

– J. McCann, ‘Sur Poetic Becomings‘, Irish Journal of French Studies n°13, Hiver 2013.

– N. Dupond, Modern & Contemporary France (21:1), avril 2013.

– N. Wourm, French Forum (37:3), Automne 2012.



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