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Haunting and Satire in the Short Fiction of George Saunders

Amélie Moisy
p. 207-227

Résumé

Cet article examine les nouvelles de George Saunders sur des revenants à la lumière des études sur la spectralité pour poser la question de leur effet en tant que satire. La liminalité de la satire rejoint celle du spectre. Les personnages de Saunders, fantômes sociaux, et sa satire variée et allusive mettant l’accent sur la compassion et l’amour plutôt que sur la loi, rappellent la vision derridienne d’un spectre transformateur. Les fantômes dans ces nouvelles montrent que la sophrosine doit réguler l’hubris, et que ses vertus sont nécessaires afin que le changement mène à l’acte juste.

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George Saunders

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Ce document sera publié en ligne en texte intégral en juin 2020.

Plan

Liminal Satire and the Ghost as Metaphor in Popular American Culture
Ghosts and Spectral Characters Reveal Established Excess
Satire that Cuts Through to Essentials
Active Virtues and Kindred Spirits

Aperçu du texte

George Saunders’s many short stories featuring ghosts and revenants can be read in the light of the studies on spectrality that popularized the terms “hauntology” and “the spectral turn” at the turn of the 21st Century. Central to spectrality studies is the concept of the liminal, inspired by the figure of the ghost, and comprehending what is either off-center and marginal, or on the threshold and implicit, as well as what may overlap or cross boundaries between two zones and is thus characterized by imprecision or fluidity.

Saunders is something of a boundary-crossing figure. Born in Texas, raised in Illinois, he earned a BS at the Colorado School of Mines and worked as a field geophysicist and technical writer; he was also awarded an MFA in creative writing, which he now teaches, at Syracuse University; and he has travelled the world in connection with his scientific and writing careers. Brought up a Catholic, he is studying Buddhism. He works in various forms—the essay, the short...

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Amélie Moisy, « Haunting and Satire in the Short Fiction of George Saunders », Journal of the Short Story in English, 70 | 2018, 207-227.

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Amélie Moisy, « Haunting and Satire in the Short Fiction of George Saunders », Journal of the Short Story in English [En ligne], 70 | Spring 2018, mis en ligne le 01 juin 2020, consulté le 18 février 2019. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/jsse/2098

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Amélie Moisy

Amélie Moisy is an associate professor (maître de conférences) in Applied Languages at the Paris Est Créteil University, and a member of the Text, Images and Sounds research group there. She is the author of a doctoral thesis, of numerous articles and a book on Thomas Wolfe (Thomas Wolfe, L’épopée intime, Belin, 2002). She has also written about other American writers, from Tennessee Williams to Barbara Kingsolver. Her research bears on autobiographical fiction, the literature of excess, and Southern authors.

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