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French Literature and its Background: 6. The Twentieth Century
French Literature and its Background 6 The Twentieth Century Author:ed., John Cruickshank "French Literature and its Background" is a series of six volumes, covering the period from the Renaissance to the present, in which a number of major literary figures are re-assessed and seen in relationship to certain aspects of intellectual history. — The thematic background chapters, the majority of which have been written by historians of id... more »eas, have made possible a marked concentration on literary values in the essays devoted to major writers.
This final volume extends roughly from the 1890s to the 1960s. It begins with an attempt to sketch the origins of the "modern movement" and ends with an essay on the "nouveau roman". Aspects of the intellectual background are outlined in chapters on the Catholic revival, surrealist theory, the impact of two major wars, and the later ideological conflicts represented by the quarrel between Sartre and Camus. Various aspects of the theatre, the novel and poetry occupy several chapters and there are separate essays on Proust, Valery, and Gide.« less