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Le(s) sens et la lecture chez Pascal Quignard : du Lecteur à L’Homme aux trois lettres

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Academic Journal of Modern Philology

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contemporary French literature   reading   sense   L’Homme aux trois lettres


Academic Journal of Modern Philology is a scientific journal oriented towards interdisciplinary studies. AJMP has been included in the register of journals published by The Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education with 70 points awarded. The journal seeks original articles on linguistics with special focus on comparative studies, anthropological linguistics, science of cognition, social communication and literary studies. Since the founding of the journal in 2012, it has been our goal to foster the development of linguistic studies through an open exchange of ideas, while maintaining the highest standards of academic publishing. Contributions are subject to a double-blind peer reviews for authenticity, ethical issues and usefulness. The reviewing procedure is supervised by the International Advisory Board. The articles are published mainly in English, German, French and Polish. Academic Journal of Modern Philology is an open access journal published annually by the Committee for Philology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Wrocław Branch and the College for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Wrocław.


This study will attempt to underline the various forms and functions Pascal Quignard assigns to reading in hisdifferent texts. To begin with, we will consider the subtle distinctions and links he creates between silence reading,loneliness reading and wandering reading. In this respect, particular attention will be paid to the relationships which arewoven between reading and loneliness in texts by this solitary and unusual author. In the second part the focus willbe on the evolution of the concept of reading for the author of L’Homme aux trois lettres (2020), who is anxious todevelop an ‘oceanic’ work. Indeed literature as ‘an elusive prey’, according to the author, is not about sense, but aboutthe senses. Finally we shall conclude that in Pascal Quignard’s works, which defy any oversimplified characterizationor classification as far as genres are concerned, reading appears above all as a sensual experiment which leads thereader to some sort of condition close to disappearing and annihilation, in the symbolic or even the mystic senseone can give these terms.

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e-ISSN 2353-3218   ISSN 2299-7164





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College for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Wrocław