Perec talks about commitment or the crisis of language from an article devoted to the nineteen-fifty's that captured perfectly the succession of literary tendencies since Sartre and Camus and finally Butor and Robbe-Grillet. As to Sartrean perspective, commitment opposes itself to aestheticism unilaterally, just as non-commitment identifies itself with art for art's sake while the crisis of language suffices to prohibit certain words, certain conspicuous turns of phrase and dissolves the entire paragraph. Perec states that the crisis of language emerged as a reflection of the twentieth-century bourgeois writer's mystified attitude and all these postwar committed literature in France, remains impoverished and inadequate.
Commitment or the Crisis of Language Georges Perec Review of Contemporary Fiction; Spring 2009; 29, 1; Docstoc p
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