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A TRIBUTE TO ALAIN ROBBE-GRILLET (1922–2008)

WITH THE PASSING of French novelist Alain Robbe-Grillet this winter, the world of postmodern literature lost one of its first (and last) great innovators—one whose influence extended irrevocably into the realms of theory, film, and art (and particularly its Conceptualist and Minimalist strands). Yet if the author was lauded at the very outset of his career by preeminent critics such as Roland Barthes, his near-programmatic commitment to both experimentation and provocation was such that his final legacy in life remains, perhaps, as enigmatic as the kaleidoscopic narratives he constructed on the page and on the screen. Looking again at his lasting contribution to the arts here are scholar Tom Bishop, Denis Hollier, and T. Jefferson Kline; writers Catherine Millet and Tom McCarthy; and artist Lawrence Weiner.

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