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Nerval conteur (à propos de Contes et facéties)

Abstract : It is as an amazing storyteller that Nerval was perceived at first by his contemporaries, – erudite and fanciful at the same time, – ironic as much as fascinating, – able to change in “memorable” tale the revelations of the dream or the events of the madness. The small collection of Contes et facéties, formed in 1852 with texts already several times published before, gives a sample of this talent of storyteller, at the same time as it declines some of the values that the tale in the poetic thought of Nerval can take on, – when for example it condenses aesthetic ideas of a romantic « camaraderie » (La Main enchantée), – when it proceeds of the journalistic « canard » while giving free rein to a certain ironic fantasy (Le Monstre vert), – or when it imitates the way of the folk tales by drawing freely from the fund of the legends preserved in countryside (La Reine de poissons). Two questions appear then : – that of the community that would re-establish the poetic word when Nerval reassumes the archetypal figure of the storyteller, at the moment however where the writer seems himself rejected in a bigger solitude and wherever the experience he brings back seems less and less communicable ; – that also of the faith that needs the tale, which exemplifies at the same time the powers and the ambiguities of the literature, when the literature is confronted with the desymbolisation of the language and with the disillusionment of the world.
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Jean-Nicolas Illouz. Nerval conteur (à propos de Contes et facéties). Fééries. Études sur le conte merveilleux XVIIe-XIXe siècle, ELLUG, 2017, ⟨10.4000/feeries.1047⟩. ⟨hal-03691120⟩



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