By Laurent Bollee, Al Coutelis
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In his essay on the postmodern theoretical turn in Célinian studies, Philip Watts echoes Loselle's concerns with respect to the hypervaluation of the aesthetic dimension of Céline's postwar novels. " In demonstrating, for instance, that Céline's radically decentered subjectivity subverts post-Enlightenment rationalities and telelogies, Kristeva shuffles consideration of his "provocatively bad and irresponsible politics" off to the theoretical side, an analytical maneuver similar to that used by Sollers (1986), Godard (1985), and Llambias Page 9 1986).
Set in a German prisoner of war camp during World War I, La Grande Illusion imagines a world in which a constellation of differing identities speak across and begin to bridge the divides of class, race, ethnicity, and nationality that engender internal social strife and promote the most colossal form of human destruction: modern nationalist war. As he does throughout Bagatelles, Céline endeavors in his suspicion-laden attack on Renoir's compelling plea for social harmony, empathy, and tolerance to disperse the war clouds gathering over Europe in the late 1930s by deliberately fueling the xenophobic and sociopolitical hostilities that flared throughout French society in the final crisis years of the Third Republic.
Rather than couching his prejudice in insidiously naturalized forms that occult their essential violence, Céline swaggers in his misogyny and white supremacy, rendering his exclusionary utterances unrecognizable to a dominant culture averse to such unseemly expression of verbal and political rage. Yet, perceptive readers of his texts will observe that Céline's surly, often outrageous discourses on human difference mirror the hierarchies of value and relations of dominance, that have historically structured Western patriarchy and ideologically underwritten its acquisitive adventurism abroad.