literatura francuska 20 wieku; literatura francuska historia
Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
The study concerns the category of short fiction oscillating between the fantastic
and the marvellous and it points out the existence of a new type of tale in
the twentieth century French literature.
The term “uncanny tale” is in not frequent in critical discourse, though
some theoreticians, like M. Guiomar, J.-B. Renard and J. Goimard, have been interested
in the concept of the uncanny.
The aim of this study is to characterize the essential features of the uncanny
tale and advance a definition of the category on the basis of short fictions of
G. Apollinaire, M. Aymé, G.-O. Châteaureynaud, P. Gripari, M. Schneider, J. Supervielle,
B. Vian or M. Yourcenar, not to mention the most famous authors.
Reading and examining the uncanny tale or short stories, which classification
remains ambiguous, accentuate two aspects: how the uncanny is created and how
it should be read. The formation of the uncanny universe consists of choosing its
particular figures, time and space. The perception of this category is subject to
the reader’s knowledge of culture codes and intertextuality of the uncanny tales.