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Juan Benet and the French nouveau roman: A Contentious Connection Revisited

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Published
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/03/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>MLN
Issue number2
Volume131
Number of pages19
Pages (from-to)442-460
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The uniqueness of Juan Benet's fiction has long been a truism in critical discussions on the Spanish author's work. This article seeks to challenge the notion that Benet's admittedly idiosyncratic style is without parallel by reevaluating the writer's relationship with the French nouveau roman. The article begins by diagnosing in Benet's theoretical work and in that of his French precursors a shared skepticism of humanist positivism and of the epistemological function of the written word before examining how this skepticism is manifested in Volverás a Región.