The French New Novel Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Mercier, Vivian. The New Novel From Queneau to Pinget. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1966, 432 p.

Features a summary introduction to the precursors to and achievements of the New Novel, followed by individual discussions of the prominent New Novelists.

Passias, Katherine K. “New Novel, New New Novel: An Interview with A. Robbe-Grillet.” SubStance 13 (1976): 130-35.

Robbe-Grillet speaks about his novels, the New Novel movement overall, and the critique of bourgeois ideology in his critical essays.

Sturrock, John. The French New Novel: Claude Simon, Michel Butor, Alain Robbe-Grillet. London: Oxford University Press, 1969, 244 p.

Study of three New Novelists that emphasizes the differences among writers of the nouveau roman.


Babcock, Arthur E. The New Novel in France: Theory and Practice of the Nouveau Roman. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1997, 162 p.

Offers a history of the New Novel by outlining its theoretical components and viewing the core writers of the movement—Robbe-Grillet, Sarraute, Butor, Simon, and Duras—as a cohesive group.

Bridgeman, Teresa. Negotiating the New in the French Novel: Building Contexts for Fictional Worlds. London: Routledge, 1998, 274 p....

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