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Tel Quel Magazine (1960 - 1982)

Related: Post-structuralism - France


Tel Quel (in English "as it is") was an avant-garde journal for literature, founded in 1960 in Paris (Éditions du Seuil) by Philippe Sollers and Jean-Edern Hallier. It was mainly influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche, Jacques Lacan, Roland Barthes, Julia Kristeva, and Jacques Derrida.

The editors committee included Philippe Sollers, Jean-Edern Hallier, Jean-René Huguenin, Jean Ricardou, Jean Thibaudeau, Michel Deguy, Marcelin Pleynet, Denis Roche, Jean-Louis Baudry, Jean Pierre Faye, Jacqueline Risset, and Julia Kristeva. It aimed to reflect the avantgarde attacking classical literary history. Maoist pro-Chinese and cultural revolution (after 1967). Authors and collaborators include Roland Barthes, Georges Bataille, Jacques Derrida, Jean-Pierre Faye, Michel Foucault, Julia Kristeva, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Marcelin Pleynet, Philippe Sollers, Tzvetan Todorov, Francis Ponge, Umberto Eco, Gérard Genette, Pierre Boulez, Jean-Luc Godard, and Pierre Guyotat. Publication ceased in 1982, The journal was followed by "l'infini".

Tel Quel is also the title of two volumes of short reflections by Paul Valéry, published in 1941 and 1943. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel_Quel [Aug 2005]

See also: magazine - literature - France

Terry Eagleton quote

"As the 1960s gave way to the 1970s, as the carnivalesque memories of 1968 faded and world capitalism stumbled into economic crisis, some of the French post-structuralists originally associated with the avant-garde literary journal Tel-Quel moved from a militant Maoism to a strident anti-Communism. Post-structuralism in 1970s' France has been able with good conscience to praise the Iranian mullahs, celebrate the USA as the one remaining oasis of freedom and pluralism in a regimented world, and recommended various brands of portentous mysticism as the solution to human ills. If Saussure could have foreseen what he started he might well have stuck to the genitive case in Sanskrit" (Eagleton, Literary Theory, p. 147).

The Tel Quel Reader - Patrick Ffrench

    The Tel Quel Reader - Patrick Ffrench [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

    "This collection includes the most important essays and gives an excellent picture of Tel Quel's work and evolution over time." --Fredric Jameson, Duke University

    The impact that Tel Quel had on the political and cultural debates of the 1960's and 1970's is inestimable. From its beginning in 1960 to its folding in 1982, many of the major poststructuralist thinkers works graced the pages of this journal that is associated with names such as Kristeva, Barthes, Foucault, Derrida, Irigaray, Girard.... Divided into three sections, Science, Literature, and Art, the current collection is an invaluable archive of some of the most important intellectual issues of the last thirty years from the most compelling thinkers of the period. Articles include, “Division of the assembly,” Tel Quel, “Toward a Semiology of Paragrams,” Julia Kristeva; “Marx and the inscription of labour,” Jean-Joseph Goux; “Freud and ‘literary creation,’” Jean-Louis Baudry; “Distance, Aspect, Origin,” Michel Foucault; “The Readability of Sade,” Marcelin Pleynet; “The Bataille Act,” Philippe Sollers; “The Subject in Process,” Julia Kristeva; “Chromatic Painting: Theorem Written Through Painting,” Marc Devade; “Heavenly Glory,” Marcelin Pleynet, “Thetic ‘Madness,’” Marcelin Pleynet, “The American Body: Notes on the New Experimental Theater,” Guy Scarpetta, “Paradis,” Philippe Sollers; “Responses: Interview with Tel Quel,” Roland Barthes

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