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GREAU, Valia. "Georges Darien and Literary Anarchism"
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Thèse doctorat, littérature française, dir. André GUYAUX, Paris 4, 1998. [S.l.] : [s.n.]. 2 vol., 743 p.

PARIS 4-BU Thèses


The anarchistic commitment of Georges Darien (1862-1921) can be studied through an accurate analysis of his literary and journalistic work and of its reception. The study of his correspondence - mainly unpublished,- of his life and of the historical and cultural context will add to this approach.

Between 1886 and 1890, Darien moves in the young literary generation, makes his first appearance on the literary stage with Bas les coeurs! and Biribi, and his play Les Chapons is found scandalizing. He is seen as a subversive, antimilitarist and naturalistic writer.

As long as the literary themes are concerned - nationalism, the defeat of 1870, the criticism of bourgeois conformism, all these subjects based on very personal approach - Darien is an antiestablishment writer, a real anarchist, and between 1890 and 1897, he actually commits himself in this way. If Darien critizes the nationalist revanchards, he also denounces socialism because of his hatred of parliamentary government and legal political action. After his defence of terrorism in L’Endehors and the publishing of his review L’Escarmouche, he leaves France in July 1894.


GRÉAU, Valia. Georges Darien et l’anarchisme littéraire, Du Lérot éd., Tusson, 2002, 453 p.


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