Michel Imbert


Université Paris VII.
Michel Imbert est maître de conférences à l’université Paris VII – Denis Diderot. Ses travaux portent essentiellement sur l’œuvre romanesque d’Herman Melville. Il a collaboré au premier volume des œuvres complètes publié sous la direction de Philippe Jaworski dans l’édition de la Pléiade.

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Cycnos | Volume 17 n°2

Sur le papier : “The Paradise of Bachelors and The Tartarus of Maids”

The two-stranded story unfolds the manifold implications of producing sheets of paper. Even as the bodies of working women at the paper-mill are erased in the process, they seem to be raised to the stature of a Christ-like icon. Though the gullible narrator who has embarked on a latter-day errand into the wilderness is only too willing to subscribe to the shimmering apparition that looms up “on paper”, his twice-told tale undercuts correspondences between filth and faith underwritten by Puritan typology and foregrounds the blankness of bible-leaves at cross-purposes with Scriptures.

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