Autodidacticism and criminality in Jean-Paul Sartre's La 'Nausee' and Edith Thomas's L' 'Homme criminel'

Authors
Citation
A. Kershaw, Autodidacticism and criminality in Jean-Paul Sartre's La 'Nausee' and Edith Thomas's L' 'Homme criminel', MOD LANG R, 96, 2001, pp. 679-692
Citations number
20
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Language & Linguistics
Journal title
MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW
ISSN journal
0026-7937 → ACNP
Volume
96
Year of publication
2001
Part
3
Pages
679 - 692
Database
ISI
SICI code
0026-7937(200107)96:<679:AACIJS>2.0.ZU;2-5
Abstract
This article offers a comparitive reading of the autodidacts in Sartre's "L a Nausee" (1938) and Edith Thomas's "L'Homme criminel" (1934), proposing a political reading of the texts. This approach produces an understanding of the autodidacts in terms of failure, shame and crime which is informed by t he work of Foucault. The autodidacts are fundamentally conservative figures , although the text's political critique is not conservative. The discourse of suicide in both texts is characteristic of 1930s French literary produc tion.