Philippe Sollers

Philippe Sollers (French: [sɔlɛʁs]; born Philippe Joyaux; 28 November 1936,[1] Bordeaux, France) is a French writer and critic. In 1960 he founded the avant garde literary journal Tel Quel (along with writer and art critic Marcelin Pleynet), which was published by Le Seuil and ran until 1982. Sollers then created the journal L'Infini, published first by Denoel, then by Gallimard with Sollers remaining as sole editor.

Philippe Sollers
Philippe Sollers a Strasbourg.jpg
Born
Philippe Joyaux

(1936-11-28) 28 November 1936 (age 84)
Talence, France
NationalityFrench
OccupationWriter
novelist
Spouse(s)
(m. 1967)

Sollers was at the heart of the period of intellectual fervour in the Paris of the 1960s and 1970s. He contributed to the publication of critics and thinkers such Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan, Louis Althusser, and Roland Barthes. Some of them were later described in his novel, Femmes (1983) alongside other figures of French intellectualism active before and after May 1968.

His writings and approach to language were examined and praised by French critic Roland Barthes in his book Writer Sollers.[2]

Sollers married Julia Kristeva in 1967.

BiographyEdit

Sollers was born as Philippe Joyaux In Talence, where his family ran the Société Joyaux Frères, the iron factory Recalt producing material for kitchens, metal constructions and machines for the aircraft manufacturer SNCASO under the German military administration in occupied France during World War II.[3] His parents were Octave Joyaux and Marcelle Molinié. He moved to Paris in 1955, studied at the Lycée privé Sainte-Geneviève of Versailles and at the ESSEC Business School.[4]

WorkEdit

 
Philippe Sollers 1992

Following his first novel, A Strange Solitude (1958), hailed by François Mauriac and Louis Aragon, Sollers began, with The Park (1961) the experiments in narrative form that would lead to Event (Drame, 1965) and Nombres (1968). Jacques Derrida analyzed these novels in his book Dissemination. Sollers then attempted to counter the high seriousness of Nombres in Lois (1972), which featured greater stylistic interest through the use of wordplay and a less formal style. The direction taken by Lois was developed through the heightened rhythmic intensity of non-punctuated texts such as Paradis (1981).[citation needed]

 
Philippe Sollers in Bordeaux in the homestead park in 1937 with his mother and his sister Annie.

Sollers's other novels include Women (1983), Portrait du joueur (1984), Le coeur absolu (1986), Watteau in Venice (1991), Studio (1997), Passion fixe (2000), L'étoile des amants (2002), which have introduced a degree of realism to his fiction, in that they make more explicit use of plot, character and thematic development. They offer the reader a fictional study of the society in which he or she lives by reinterpreting, among other things, the roles of politics, media, sex, religion, and the arts.[citation needed]

BibliographyEdit

EssaysEdit

    • Agent secret, Mercure de France, 2021
  • "Complots – Gallimard, 2016
  • "Portraits de femmes" – Flammarion, 2013
  • "Fugues" – Gallimard, 2012
  • "Discours Parfait" – Gallimard, 2010
  • "Vers le Paradis" – Desclée de Brouwer, 2010 (with DVD)
  • "Guerres secrètes" – Carnets nord 2007
  • "Fleurs" – Hermann éditions 2006
  • Dictionnaire amoureux de Venise, 2004
  • "Mystérieux Mozart" – Plon 2001
    • "Mysterious Mozart" – University of Illinois Press, 2010
  • "Éloge de l'Infini" – Gallimard, 2001
  • "Francis Ponge" – Seghers éditions, 2001
  • "Francesca Woodman" – Scalo Publishers 1998
  • "Casanova l'admirable" – Plon 1998
    • "Casanova the Irresistible" – University of Illinois Press, 2016
  • "La Guerre du Goût" – Gallimard, 1994
    • "Liberté du XVIIIème" (Extract from La Guerre du Goût) – Gallimard, 2002
  • "Picasso, le héros" – Le cercle d'art 1996
  • "Les passions de Francis Bacon" – Gallimard 1996
  • "Sade contre l'Être suprême" – Gallimard 1996
  • "Improvisations" – Gallimard, 1991
  • "De Kooning, vite" – La différence 1988
  • "Théorie des Exceptions" – Gallimard, 1985
  • "Sur le Matérialisme" – Seuil, 1974
  • "L'Écriture et l'Expérience des Limites" – Seuil, 1968
    • Writing and the Experience of Limits – Columbia University Press, 1982
  • "Logiques" – Seuil, 1968
  • "L'Intermédiaire" – Seuil, 1963
  • Le Défi – c.1958 (awarded Fénéon Prize, 1958)

NovelsEdit

InterviewsEdit

  • Contre-attaque – Grasset, 2016
  • L'Évangile de Nietzsche – Cherche Midi, 2006
  • Poker (interviews with Ligne de risque)- Gallimard, 2005
  • Voir écrire (with Christian de Portzamparc) – Calmann-Levy, 2003
  • La Divine Comédie – Desclée de Brouwer, 2000
  • Le Rire de Rome – Gallimard, 1992
  • Vision à New York – Grasset, 1981
  • Entretiens avec Francis Ponge – Seuil, 1970

Translations in EnglishEdit

  • Casanova the Irresistible – University of Illinois Press, 2016
  • H – Equus Press, 2015
  • Mysterious Mozart – University of Illinois Press, 2010
  • Writing and Seeing Architecture (with Christian de Portzamparc) – University Of Minnesota Press, 2008
  • Watteau in Venice – Scribner's, 1994
  • Women – Columbia University Press, 1990
  • Event – Red Dust, 1987
  • The Park – Red Dust, 1986
  • Writing and the Experience of Limits – Columbia University Press, 1983
  • A Strange Solitude – Grove Press, 1959

Influences and tributesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "1936, 28 novembre – Philippe Sollers/Pileface". pileface.com. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  2. ^ Barthes, Roland (1987). Writer Sollers. Bloomsbury. ISBN 9780485113372.
  3. ^ Usine de ferblanterie Recalt ; usine de chaudronnerie Boyer S.A., Actuacity
  4. ^ Anna Topaloff, " ESSEC, la business school qui mène à tout ", GQ, juillet 2015, pages 54–58.
  5. ^ Elkin, Lauren (12 May 2017). "The 7th Function of Language by Laurent Binet review – who killed Roland Barthes?". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  6. ^ Dames, Nicholas (16 August 2017). "A Postmodern Buddy-Cop Novel Sends Up the World of Semiotics". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 19 March 2018.

Further reading and literary criticismEdit

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