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Michel Tournier et l'accent grave du jeu

Authors
Journal
Littérature
0047-4800
Publisher
CAIRN
Publication Date
Volume
94
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3406/litt.1994.2328
Disciplines
  • Economics
  • Literature

Abstract

Friday, and Tournier's literary career, opens with a taroc scene. Indeed, games and play are fundamental to Tournier's œuvre, in an ethnographic perspective wherehomo is asludens as he is sapiens or economicus. Read in the wake of Nietzsche and especially Caillois, Tournier suggests that modern civilised man has lost mimicry and vertigo to agon or alea : thus has he lost the «gravity » of child's play for the « serious violence » of adult wars — while Tournier writes consistently under the sign of vertigo and mimicry.

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