By Steven Spalding
Publication Date: 5/2/23
An investigation into the formation of French literary culture through the lens of publishing house Editions de Minuit, responsible for the "New Novel" and "école de Minuit" which catapulted its authors to international status.
"How does a novel accrue value? How do certain new and unknown authors and their works make their way from obscurity into the pantheon of the greats, or—at least—the firmament of the stars?" Minuit examines the role played by French publishing house Editions de Minuit in altering the conception of literary France, not once but twice. The history of Les Editions de Minuit is an integral part of the history of the literary field; in Minuit, Spalding's work captures many of the cultural dimensions of literary production and dissemination at the height of France’s post-war intellectual and literary effervescence, and again, in the more recent period, when Minuit became the vehicle for French literature’s ‘postmodern’ turn.
Steven D. Spalding is an Independent Scholar with a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and a D.E.A. from the Université de Paris VIII. He is editor of the Transfers special section on Railways and Urban Cultures (2014) and coeditor of the books Trains, Mobility and Culture (2012) and Trains, Literature and Culture (2012).