Melancholies of Knowledge : Literature in the Age of Science
Offering interdisciplinary criticism and methodology, Melancholies of Knowledge includes essays by scientists, social scientists, and literary critics on the work of the French novelist Michel Rio. It provides a non-specialist's description of the most important scientific changes in the century - easily understandable and related to issues of concern in the humanities - as well as an opportunity to see how these scientific changes are being incorporated into literary discourse, into the human element outside of theory or the laboratory. In presenting a new methodology that proposes true interdisciplinarity, Melancholies of Knowledge identifies a new class of contemporary fiction and, as a test case, provides the first serious criticism of a major contemporary French author.
- Paperback | 205 pages
- 150.11 x 227.84 x 13.21mm | 290g
- 01 Mar 1999
- State University of New York Press
- Albany, NY, United States
- Total Illustrations: 0
"It is high time that Michel Rio's opus--which began in 1982 with Melancholy North and was crowned in 1992 with a Medicis Prize for Tlacuilo--became the object of a serious piece of work. Margery Arent Safir has surrounded herself with seven top researchers from diverse disciplines and nationalities, each of whom, from the point of his or her particular specialty, analyzes Rio's work.... "This multidisciplinary project is the logical extension of Rio's own work, which grapples with finding the meeting point--and by way of fiction examining its relevance--of literature and knowledge. By looking at Rio's novels, the essays collected in this volume explore the ways in which theory and knowledge are transformed into novelistic material....The book, therefore, is complex, but fascinating from beginning to end." --Josyanne Savigneau, Le Monde
About Margery Arent Safir
Margery Arent Safir is Professor of Comparative Literature, The American University of Paris. Her previous publications include Earth Tones: The Poetry of Pablo Neruda (with Manuel Duran); A Woman of Letters; and Archipelago (a translation of the novel by Michel Rio).