Michel Foucault, Death and the Labyrinth
Death and the Labyrinth is unique, being Foucault’s only work on literature. For Foucault, this was “by far the book I wrote most easily and with the greatest pleasure.” Here, Foucault explores theory, criticism and psychology through the texts of Raymond Roussel, one of the fathers of experimental writing, whose work has been celebrated by the likes of Cocteau, Duchamp, Breton, Robbe Grillet, Gide and Giacometti.
This revised edition includes an introduction, chronology and bibliography to Foucault’s work by James Faubion, an interview with Foucault, conducted only nine months before his death, and concludes with an essay on Roussel by the poet John Ashbery.
This book was written about 20 years ago, just after Foucault had discovered the works of Roussel, a contemporary of Proust whose works, while not generally well known, have influenced a number of modern writers including Robbe-Grillet. Foucault explores the relation of words and things and paradoxes of language, time, and space in Roussel’s work.
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