Europe, n ° 1101-1102 – January / February 2021
“Virginia Woolf/Jean-Paul Goux”
Coming from a family of the London bourgeoisie, having grown up in a cultivated and wealthy environment, Virginia Woolf nonetheless tirelessly criticized the habits and customs of her class. Reversing the so pressing tradition of the silence of women, she seized her privilege to defend the common cause and that of women. Throughout her life she has lived off her pen – her articles, her essays and her novels. Financially as well as editorially, she depended only on herself, which she was very proud of: “I am the only woman in England who can write what I like. The others must conform to the requirements of the collections & the publishers, ”she wrote in her diary. In all her books, Virginia Woolf tries to give to feel, if not to see, “the thing which is there and which exists outside of us”. And as Annie Ernaux notes here: “She does it in admirable, poignant structures which materialize the abyss of time, of this thing which exists outside of us and in which human existence appears only as a series of moments. . “Taking notes on life,” as Woolf writes in his latest diary, means writing being-in-the-world as if every tiny detail matters and could suddenly, by a reversal of value, rearrange the world. But writing existence also sometimes means tearing the veil of silence and exposing taboos, secret wounds. Virginia Woolf invents a writing-activist, a sentence whose plasticity allows her to express the experience of existence and the flows of consciousness, to highlight the repressed and the unthought, but above all to disrupt the presuppositions in forging new links.
For about forty years, Jean-Paul Goux has deployed a romantic universe whose originality, consistency and moving beauty command attention. If his writing is located in a constellation where Julien Gracq and Claude Simon are close stars, Jean-Paul Goux is distinguished both by the nature of his lyrical prose, by the philosophical and political force of his meditation on “the act to live ”, as well as through his reflection on romantic prose as a“ continuous fabric ”against the discontinuity of life.
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