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L'ordinaire, l'étrange et le sublime dans les nouvelles de Rick Bass

François Gavillon
Revue française d'études américaines
No. 106, Écrire la nature (DÉCEMBRE 2005), pp. 50-65
Published by: Editions Belin
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20875649
Page Count: 16
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Abstract

With collections of short stories such as In the Loyal Mountains or, more recently, The Hermit's Story, Rick Bass has continuously explored the multifarious connections between man and nature. The purpose of this paper, through the analysis of a selection of his most compelling stories, is to examine three recurring and concurrent modalities. We have chosen to term them as follows: the ordinary, or the focus on the—apparent—simplicity of both the writing and the lifestyle celebrated in the short stories; the uncanny, which takes the characters, and the readers along with them, into near-magical, sometimes unsettling, sometimes wondrous, experiences; Clément Rosset's investigations into the "idiotism" of the real are also examined in this light; and the sublime, in its rhetorical and esthetic acceptions, which, in a quietistic post-luminist mode, makes the reader the privileged beneficiary of the writer's art and love of the wild.

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