Alain Robbe-Grillet

Alain Robbe-Grillet (älăN´ rôb-grēyā´), 1922–2008, French novelist and filmmaker, b. Brest. Robbe-Grillet is considered the originator of the French nouveau roman [new novel], in which conventional story is subordinated to structure and the significance of objects is stressed above that of human motivation or action. His influential essay Toward a New Novel (1963, tr. 1966) provided the theoretical groundwork for the genre. Robbe-Grillet's first novel, Les Gommes (tr. The Erasers, 1964), was published in 1953. Among his many other novels, many of them marked by violence, are The Voyeur (1955, tr. 1958), Jealousy (1957, tr. 1960), In the Labyrinth (1959, tr. 1960), Snapshots (1962, tr. 1968), La Maison de Rendez-vous (1965, tr. 1966), Topology of a Phantom City (1976, tr. 1977), Djinn (1981, tr. 1982), The Last Days of Corinth (1994), Repetition (2003), and A Sentimental Novel (2007), his last book. Robbe-Grillet's film works include the screenplay for Alain Resnais's enigmatic classic Last Year at Marienbad (1961), as well as those for L'Immortelle (1962), Trans-Europe Express (1966), Eden and After (1970), The Beautiful Prisoner (1983), and The Blue Villa (1996), which he also directed. In 2004 he became a member of the Académie Française.

See his memoir Ghosts in the Mirror (1984, tr. 1991); studies by B. Morrissette (1965), R. Armes (1981), J. Fletcher (1983), B. F. Stoltzfus (1985), R. L. Ramsay (1992), L. D. Roland (1994), M. H. Hellerstein (1998), and R. C. Smith (2000).

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Alain Robbe-Grillet : Selected full-text books and articles

The Erotic Dream Machine: Interviews with Alain Robbe-Grillet on His Films
Anthony N. Fragola; Roch C. Smith.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1995
The French New Autobiographies: Sarraute, Duras, and Robbe Grillet
Raylene L. Ramsay.
University Press of Florida, 1996
Turning Words into Colors: Robbe-Grillet's Visual Language
Dechery, Laurent.
Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 32, No. 3, September 1999
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Ellipse of Uncertainty: An Introduction to Postmodern Fantasy
Lance Olsen.
Greenwood Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Diagnosing Fantastic Autism: Kafka, Borges, and Robbe-Grillet"
Readers and Mythic Signs: The Oedipus Myth in Twentieth-Century Fiction
Debra A. Moddelmog.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1993
Librarian’s tip: "Robbe-Grillet's The Erasers: Readers in Search of Oedipus" begins on p. 65
The Parameters of Postmodernism
Nicholas Zurbrugg.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1993
Librarian’s tip: "Rainer, Robbe-Grillet, Reich, and the Turn to Interobjectivity" begins on p. 85 and "Robbe-Grillet and the Return to the Subjective Type of Writing" begins on p. 88
Reflections on the Fantastic: Selected Essays from the Fourth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Michael R. Collings.
Greenwood Press, 1986
Librarian’s tip: "Djinn by Alain Robbe-Grillet: Or the Architecture of the Fantastic" begins on p. 25
The Novelist as Philosopher: Studies in French Fiction, 1935-1960
John Cruickshank.
Oxford University Press, 1962
Librarian’s tip: "Alain Robbe-Grillet: B. 1922" begins on p. 230
Postmodernist Fiction
Brian McHale.
Routledge, 1987
Librarian’s tip: "Robbe-Grillet" begins on p. 13
Literature Pursued by Politics
Goytisolo, Juan.
The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Vol. 19, No. 3, Fall 1999
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