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« Dévoiement et reconstruction du sens dans Le Berger extravagant de Charles Sorel. Etude du portrait de Charite »

Abstract : Lysis, who went mad for misreading the Astrée, is the very embodiment of extravagance. Even if Sorel’s avowed aim is to mock novels, the deconstruction of fiction at the expense of the main character, ridiculed for his inability to decipher the hidden meaning under the words he reads literally, is not univocal. Indeed, even though Lysis’s naivety sets him apart from good readers whose education has caused to become experts in figurative meaning, it is not devoid of finesse. By criticizing the excesses of fiction, Sorel queries the mechanisms of the construction of meaning through reading, thus putting into perspective access to meaning in terms of social connectedness. And indeed, bourgeois common sense does fail when it comes to that playful distance reserved for good readers. But it also comes to good use to point its limits, in order to build a new meaning of the novel. Indeed, what could be more ambiguous than writing a novel to denounce it? What Sorel does here is reactivate spoudogeloion and urge his readers to question the very nature of the comic novel.
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Patricia Gauthier. « Dévoiement et reconstruction du sens dans Le Berger extravagant de Charles Sorel. Etude du portrait de Charite ». Jagwiga Cook; Tomasz Wyslobocki. Au carrefour des sens 2, 45, Neisse Verlag, pp.215-227, 2016, Orbis Linguarum, 978-3862762293. ⟨halshs-02498575⟩

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