Thursday, June 19, 2008

Tribute to Alain Robbe-Grillet in Art Forum

The Summer issue of Art Forum includes a tribute to French writer Alain Robbe-Grillet who died earlier this year. Tom Bishop, Catherine Millet, Denis Hollier, T. Jefferson Kline, Tom McCarthy, and Lawrence Weiner write about Robbe-Grillet's contribution to the arts. Only comments by the first two authors are available online. According to Bishop:

Perhaps Robbe-Grillet’s leading contribution to the novel and to film is the ambiguity of his narrative strategies, tantalizing in their allusiveness and their “openness”--that is, their refusal to limit themselves to one “correct” reading. The prime device responsible is the particular novelistic or filmic narrative voice utilized. The novels make use of both the third and first person, frequently with shifting narrators and conflicting fields of vision. The films resort to similar techniques appropriate to cinema.

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