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 Pour un nouveau roman (1963; tr. Toward a New Novel, 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 other novels, many of them marked by violence, are Le Voyeur (1955; tr. The Voyeur, 1958), La jalousie (1957; tr. Jealousy, 1960), Dans le labyrinthe (1959; tr. In the Labyrinth, 1960), Instantanés (1962; tr. Snapshots, 1968), La Maison de Rendez-vous (1965; tr. 1966, The House of Assignation, 1970), Topologie d'une cité fantôme (1976; tr. Topology of a Phantom City, 1977), Djinn (1981, tr. 1982), Les dernier jours de Corinthe [the last days of Corinth] (1994), La reprise (2001; tr. Repetition, 2003), and Un roman sentimental (2007; tr. A Sentimental Novel, 2014), his last book. Robbe-Grillet's film works include the screenplay for Alain Resnais's enigmatic classic L'annèe dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad, 1961) as well as those for L'immortelle [the immortal one] (1962), Trans-Europ-Express (1966), L'Eden and l'après (Eden and After, 1970), La belle captive (The Beautiful Prisoner, 1983), and Un bruit qui rend fou (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 By Anthony N. Fragola; Roch C. Smith Southern Illinois University Press, 1995
Turning Words into Colors: Robbe-Grillet's Visual Language By Dechery, Laurent Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 32, No. 3, September 1999
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Ellipse of Uncertainty: An Introduction to Postmodern Fantasy By 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 By 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 By 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 By 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 By John Cruickshank Oxford University Press, 1962
Librarian’s tip: "Alain Robbe-Grillet: B. 1922" begins on p. 230
Postmodernist Fiction By Brian McHale Routledge, 1987
Librarian’s tip: "Robbe-Grillet" begins on p. 13
Literature Pursued by Politics By Goytisolo, Juan The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Vol. 19, No. 3, Fall 1999
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