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Il-lisibilité ou dis-lisibilité poétique contemporaine : le cas de Christian Prigent

Abstract : In this paper, I question the illegibility / unreadability of which a part of the contemporary French poetry (since 1968) is often accused, in particular the one that inherits the influences of the European avant-gardes of the early 20th century (Futurism, Dada, Surrealism, Lettrism) or of the so-called “American Modernism” (from Cummings to Burroughs). I will take, as example, the polygraph Christian Prigent, extending the discussions held at the San Diego’s Conference in 2008, whose proceedings were published in 2014 under the title : L’Illisibilité en questions (autour de Deguy Michel, Jean-Marie Gleize, Christian Prigent, Nathalie Quintane). Prigent is often considered as an illegible / unreadable poet, what the writer denies, inviting his readers to understand rather his dis-legibility / dis-readability. Such concept, created in San Diego, makes it possible to articulate the double and contradictory reception (authorship and readership) of many poetry books in the heart of the controversy. L’Illisibilité en questions and the essay Une erreur de la nature, published by Prigent in 1996, are taken as references in this article.
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Bénédicte Gorrillot. Il-lisibilité ou dis-lisibilité poétique contemporaine : le cas de Christian Prigent. Aletria : revista de estudos de literatura, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Centro de Estudos Literários, 2016, 26 (3), pp.253-272. ⟨10.17851/2317-2096.26.3.253-272⟩. ⟨hal-03243458⟩

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