Blankness and Recognition
Andrew Asibong is Senior Lecturer in French Studies at Birkbeck, University of London and the author of François Ozon (Manchester University Press, 2008).
Acknowledgments Abbreviations ‘C’est justement qu’il n’y a rien!’: introducing NDiayean blankness 1. Blankness / (dis)integration: the first novel cycle 2. Blankness / (re)generation: the second novel cycle 3. Ghouls, ghosts and bloodless abuse: NDiaye’s undead theatre 4. Little baby nothing: framing the invisible child Conclusion: A beam of intense blankness (prière pour le bon usage de Marie NDiaye) Appendix: Plot synopses Notes Bibliography Index
Marie Ndiaye: Blankness and Recognition is a beautifully written book, obviously inspired, with analysis which makes you want to read all of the work of Ndiaye.
Lydie Moudileno French Review
Andrew Asibong’s erudite and spirited book will be a landmark in studies of Marie NDiaye’s writing. Asibong writes with verve, and with an involvement which is contagious. His book is the product of a fervent personal engagement with the unnerving cruelty of NDiaye’s vision. He is courageous enough to let this surface in ways which serve only to strengthen the value of his study and the pleasure to be derived from it. It seems fitting that the first extended monograph on this major writer should offer such a sharply responsive account of her work, and that its own winning obsessiveness should match that of its subject.
Shirley Jordan Modern Language Review
A highly intelligent and distinguished book that will be seen as a milestone in the well-deserved critical recognition of a major writer.
Andrew Asibong’s 'Marie NDiaye: Blankness and Recognition' is the authoritative study of one of France’s most intriguing and pioneering contemporary authors, indeed of an author whose work compels us at every turn to rethink the ways in which identity, literature, and nationality have heretofore been conceptualized.
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: October 28, 2013
Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 30