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« Cocteau : style simple et modernité dans les années 1920 » (p. 71-86)

Abstract : A priori, the concept of stylistic simplicity does not seem to fit in the notion of innovation. It rather touches upon a timeless classicism. However, there are two major trends in the history of French prose : simplicity and complexity. Both combine innovative and conservative forms. During the twenties, Cocteau’s novels are the perfect example of a modern simple style. He is an important part of the French literary imagination, as reflected by the Nouvelle Revue Française. The study of Cocteau’s critical reception in this famous review is a good mirror of his statut and his role in the literary field. In every genre, his style is vaunted for its blueprint wich combines natural and vividness. His aesthetic manifestos are regularly quoted. His two first novels, Le Grand Écart and Thomas l'imposteur, are published in 1923. We can recognize in those novels Cocteau’s taste for a fantasy very prolific in poetry during the twenty first years of the xxth century. They are both appreciated by the critics. But the third one, Les Enfants terribles, achieves critical acclaim in 1929. There is more fluidity accros the sentences and the natural is based on the rythms of oral prosody.
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Stéphanie Smadja. « Cocteau : style simple et modernité dans les années 1920 » (p. 71-86). Roman 20-50 : Revue d'étude du roman du XXe siècle, Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 2016. ⟨hal-03740872⟩



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