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The Stelliferous FoldToward a Virtual Law of Literature's Self-Formation$
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Rodolphe Gasché

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823234349

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823234349.001.0001

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The Falls of History: Joris-Karl Huysmans's Against Nature

The Falls of History: Joris-Karl Huysmans's Against Nature

(p.146) Chapter 6: The Falls of History: Joris-Karl Huysmans's Against Nature
The Stelliferous Fold

Rodolphe Gasché

Fordham University Press

This chapter is devoted to the novel, Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans. It focuses not only on the heterogeneous manifold of this novel, but also on its nonsynthetic unity. This novel seeks to pinpoint the minimal structure, organizational principle, or law, that accounts for the diversity of these motifs, topics, and theories whose irreducible complexity claims the reader's attention and demands interpretations that the very law of the text inevitably condemns to remaining always finite as far as their scope is concerned. This novel, rather than being centered around one however dominant and essential interpretation of history, seems to display a plurality of conflicting concepts of history. In this novel, history and its interpretations appear fragmented and mixed together without a real synthesis in which all these different concepts of history could play one role or another.

Keywords:   Against Nature, Joris-Karl Huysmans, minimal structure, organizational principle, law

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