Raymond Queneau

Raymond Queneau (rāmôN´ kĕnō´), 1903–76, French author and critic. He was an advocate of surrealism during the middle and late 1920s. Queneau is best known for his manipulations of style and language and his use of street slang in literary works. He often parodied traditional literary forms, as in his pastiche Exercices de style (1947). His novels include Le Chiendent (1933; tr. The Bark Tree, 1968), Les Enfants du Limon (1938; tr. Children of Clay, 1998), Un Rude Hiver (1940; tr. A Hard Winter, 1948), Pierrot, mon ami (1943), Le Dimanche de la vie [the Sunday of life] (1952), and the comic best seller Zazie dans le Métro (1959; tr. Zazie, 1960). He also wrote a great deal of poetry (see his Selected Poems, tr. 1970), and many of his novels contain extended verse passages.

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Raymond Queneau: Selected full-text books and articles

Naming & Unnaming: On Raymond Queneau By Jordan Stump University of Nebraska Press, 1998
Canis Major: Introducing Raymond Queneau By Campbell-Sposito, Mary The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Vol. 17, No. 3, Fall 1997
Translating Queneau By Wright, Barbara The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Vol. 17, No. 3, Fall 1997
Queneau and Poetic Illusion By Debon, Claude The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Vol. 17, No. 3, Fall 1997
"Interludes" from Raymond Queneau By Jouet, Jacques; Campbell-Sposito, Mary The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Vol. 17, No. 3, Fall 1997
The Art of the Novel in 'Saint Glinglin.' (Raymond Queneau) By Pestureau, Gilbert; Campbell-Sposito, Mary The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Vol. 17, No. 3, Fall 1997
Wordplay and the Contextual Circle in Queneau's Petite Cosmogonie Portative By Andrews, Chris French Forum, Vol. 29, No. 1, Winter 2004
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Raymond Queneau's Utopian Dream Worlds By Egert, Charles Utopian Studies, Vol. 16, No. 2, Spring 2005
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Zazie in Wonderland: Queneau's Reply to the Realist Novel By Bernofsky, Susan The Romanic Review, Vol. 85, No. 1, January 1994
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Surrealism and Pseudo-Initiation: Raymond Queneau's Odile By Andrews, Chris The Modern Language Review, Vol. 94, No. 2, April 1999
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